The 2020 dates for Cruise Nite have been set for July 14-19, 2020.
Every year in July, the CNAC (Central Nebraska Auto Club) encourages anyone who wants to relive the memories of the “Good Ole Days” along with the love of the classic cars to come and enjoy in the fun. In 2019, the event “Cruise Nite” will be a SIX-day event. Customarily, events are held the third weekend in July. Cruise Nite begins Tuesday evening with the Show & Shine event at BluePrint Engines Plant (2915 Marshall Ave). The event runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Food trucks will be available.
Then the events continue on Wednesday evening with the kick-off “Picnic Style” meal in Old Town Kearney. This year’s events are hosted again by Kearney’s Knights of Columbus at the newly renamed Old Town Hall (1900 Central Avenue). The picnic-style is scheduled for 4:00-7:00 pm. Following the meal, car collectors are invited to participate in the Classic Car Tour to area Assisted Living and Nursing Homes. Participants should stage their cars in the large parking lot south of the new First Baptist Church (3610 6th Ave., Old Kearney High School). Cars will follow a scheduled parade route visiting Kearney’s senior residents. The tour will conclude at the Petersen Sr. Center at Yanney Park (2020 W 11th St). This has become one of the most exciting and enjoyable events.
Thursday evening begins with a get-together Show & Shine sponsored by Midway Auto Outlet (515 2nd Ave.) Oldies Music, Food & drink will be available. “Gary Lewis & The Playboys” will perform at the Merryman Performing Arts Center (225 W. 22nd St.) 8:00-10:00 pm. Call (308)-698-8297 or visit PickMyTickets.com for tickets.
The “Show & Shine at The Archway” with oldies music and food and fun start the festivities on Friday, 5:007:30 pm. The annual classic & collectible car auction is held with Rusty Rhynalds, the auctioneer at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds Expo Building (Big Building), Call Rusty (308) 832-7407 for information. Activities run 7:00-10:30 pm.
All the builds to a crescendo on Saturday. Morning registration begins at 8:00 for hundreds of classic vehicles parked on “The Bricks” in downtown Kearney for all to get up close with, through 4:00 pm. For the first time, in 2019 exhibitors will be able to speed up the registration process by pre-registering their vehicles online at CruiseNiteKearney.org.register. The always popular Eagle Riders Bike Show (10:00 am- 4:00 pm). And back by popular demand Southeast Community College students will have an engine building contest on the Bricks 12:30-2:30 pm. The Annual Cruise Nite Parade will begin at Railroad & Central and proceed north to Good Samaritan CHI. The streets are filled with classic cars and countless spectators taking in the parade around the downtown area in their lawn chairs. Don’t forget the burnout competition at Graham Tire on north 2nd
avenue beginning at 7:00-9:30 pm, (5708 2nd Ave.) NAPA Quick Race and Street Grudge Racing will be ongoing at Kearney Raceway Park from 4:00-11:00 pm. Be sure to stop and see the Munster Koach & Drag-U-La cars with Butch Patrick (Little Eddie Muster from the “Munsters” TV show (1964-1966).
The Cruise Nite weekend winds down on Sunday with the Hot Rod Reunion/Drag Races at the Kearney Raceway Park.
Behind the entire event is a philanthropic desire is to raise money for numerous charities in the Kearney Area. Among the charities that have benefited from Cruise Nite are Buffalo County Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, Flight for Hero’s, Make A Wish Foundation, Goodfellows, Jubilee Center, City of Kearney Police Department and scholarship for students in Automotive Tech.
Over the years Cruise Nite has showcased Model A & Model T classics from the turn of the century through the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and countless cars from the 1950s. You’ll see Chevrolet, Ford, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Studebaker, Rambler, AMC, Mercury, Lincoln, Javelins, Mercedes, Austin Healey, and of course many Thunderbird’s and Corvettes, plus many more makes and models.
Cruise Nite Kearney would not be possible without the help of our corporate sponsors. Please visit the sponsor’s page on our website and say “Thank-You” for supporting “Cruise Nite Kearney” when you are in their businesses.