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Cruise In car shows to start this weekend

Classic car owners drove their vehicles down East Second Street during last year's show. (File photo)

This weekend, the annual downtown Hastings Cruise In car show will launch for the 2016 season. The show features hundreds of classic cars and trucks that flood historic downtown Hastings for an evening.

This year, downtown construction has left a few questions for event organizers, but there’s no question whether or not the show will be held.

“We’re going to have them,” said one of the organizers, Kevin Hoeschen. “It might be a little different, but we’re still going to have them.”

Some of the details won’t be known until just days before, as construction progresses through the area.

Currently, construction is focused on the intersection of Sibley and Second streets, with some work extending along the side of the streets. Except for the intersection, the majority of the street remains open for parking, and sidewalk access continues to be maintained. Once that intersection is finished, work will shift to the intersection of Second and Ramsey streets.

Hoeschen said that he and the other car show organizers meet with construction contractors weekly so they get the latest updates on construction ahead of each show.

“They’re working really well with us so far,” Hoeschen said.

The season

The Cruise In car shows will be held every other Saturday starting June 11. The show runs from 5-9 p.m. and is free to attend.

This year, the show will have a special appearance at the Aug. 20 show. To help raise awareness about breast cancer, Tamarack Materials will showcase a 52-foot boom truck painted pink and white for breast cancer awareness.

Other weekend themes have yet to be determined as construction allows.

Parking will be reserved for show cars only on downtown streets. Visitors are encouraged to park on each end of downtown in public parking lots (located under the Highway 61 bridge and at Second and Tyler streets) and walk into downtown. Street parking will also be available on nearby streets.

Show dates for the rest of the season are: June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, Aug. 6, Aug. 20 and Sept. 3.

Information is also available online at www.downtownhastingsmn.com.

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