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Broad Street Cruise-in is Saturday, benefits children's charities

J. H. Osborne • Aug 9, 2019 at 1:00 PM

KINGSPORT — From the late 1940s to the early 1980s, cruising Broad Street — from the Train Station to Church Circle and back again, and again, and again — was a primary social activity for many of the Model City’s younger crowd.

It was the perfect place to show off your ride. It will be again on Saturday. From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., car enthusiasts are invited to relive some of that attitude and atmosphere at the annual Broad Street Cruise-In. The event is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police and the Downtown Kingsport Association.

Harold Gilreath, event chairman for the FOP, said as of Thursday he already had 183 pre-registrations, including several from out of state. The show was started by the DKA years ago. This will be the 19th yearly show, and the 15th since the FOP became a cosponsor, Gilreath said.

In its early days, the event was held in the relatively small parking lot behind the Kingsport Public Library. Now the cruise-in typically attracts between 300 and 400 cars of all makes, models and conditions, which line up mainly along Main Street in front of the Train Station, but they also utilize Broad Street.

Those interested in showing a vehicle can register at the show for $20.

“The show is open to all street rods, classics, muscle cars, rat rods, motorcycles and late models,” Gilreath said. And there’s even a category for pedal cars and wagons.

Cars are not judged, but about 25 plaques will be presented for choice awards.

Funds raised at the event will be used by the FOP to support children’s charities, such as Special Olympics, the Children’s Advocacy Center, and others.

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