Time for a cruise, three days to be exact, for the annual Kruise of Klamath – a celebration of classic cars and rock ‘n’ roll.
Taking place June 21-24, the Kruise of Klamath combines car shows with food, music and fun for all ages amidst a cavalcade of classic vehicles. The classic car showcase is a spin-off from the former Klamath Kruise, which began in the 1960s. The event has grown by leaps and bounds in the 13 years that Klamath Falls has played host to the Kruise of Klamath, adding multiple car shows and special events to a busy schedule.
The fun commences on Thursday, June 21 with the Kruise Kick-off Party at Ed Staub & Sons, 1301 Esplanade Ave., from 4 to 6 p.m. This coincides with the June Third Thursday event in downtown Klamath Falls, complete with food, live music, vendors and plenty of activities.
Friday festivities begin with an assortment of mini car shows, open to all vehicles 1976 and older. The first will be at the Upper Deck Restaurant, 3000 Airport Way, from 8 to 10 a.m. Another mini-show will go from 10 a.m. to noon at Winema Electric and Woodland Lighting & Design, 735 Commercial St., which doubles as a benefit for Northwest Battle Buddies – a nonprofit organization empowering combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
A third mini-show will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at D&R Auto, 410 S. Sixth St., which includes a barbecue lunch courtesy of Benefit for the Basin. An additional mini-show will then be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mia’s & Pia’s Pizzeria & Brewhouse at 3545 Summers Lane.
From 5 to 6 p.m. stop by the Ross Ragland Theater for a chance to meet Tyler Dale from the History Channel’s hit show “American Restoration.” Dale will sign autographs and showcase his C10 pickup. Stay at the Ross Ragland for a barbecue catered by Yummy’s Cowboy Cuisine, $15 per person, from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a sock hop dance featuring music of the 1950s and 1960s performed by the Black Cadillac Kings from 7 to 10 p.m.
Saturday brings the main event, a huge classic Show ‘n’ Shine car display filling Moore Park with around 500 hot rods and antique wheels beautifully preserved from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free courtesy shuttle will be provided from the Oregon Tech campus, as no parking will be allowed inside Moore Park except for Kruise-issued parking passes and vehicles with a handicap placard.
Prizes will be awarded in a variety of stock and modified classes separated by model and year, as well as an open class for vehicles from 1977 or newer. Motorcycles and trailers are not permitted.
Saturday evening, cars will crowd downtown Klamath Falls for a cruise down Main Street and Klamath Avenue starting at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday wraps up events with a breakfast at Starv’n Marv’n Restaurant, 1822 Austin St., from 7 to 10 a.m., followed by a poker run around Klamath from 10 a.m. to noon, with seven cash prizes for the best hands.
Registering a vehicle is $50, with a limit of 500 vehicles allowed into the Show ‘n’ Shine. Registration is not required for the mini-shows. Vendors are also being sought, with a firm deadline of Friday, June 15 to apply. Vendor application forms are available online at www.kruiseofklamath.org.