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Weather delays big car weekend

Lions show, Cruise Night now this weekend

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 8:19 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 9:57 a.m. CDT

A weekend that was supposed to be full of cars, trucks and other vehicles on display was postponed due to unfair weather predictions.

Both the Morris Lions Club Fall Classic Car Show, Swap Meet and Car Corral and the Morris Cruise Night were rescheduled to next weekend, Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21, because the previous weekend was a wet one.

"When they were calling for thunderstorms, we were concerned with the liability with lightning in an open field," said Doug Linn with the Morris Lions Club.

Cruise Night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and the Fall Classic will take place the following day, Sunday, Oct. 21, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

"We hated to do it," said Herb Wyeth, founder of the Morris Cruise Night. "We don't normally schedule rain dates."

The October Cruise Night, the fifth event of the season, was just added in December. In the past, only four Cruise Night events were hosted throughout the summer, but with the thought of coupling the Cruise Night and the Lions Club's annual show, the fifth month was added.

"The intent was to bring more people to town for the Lions Club show," Wyeth said. "If we didn't cancel, too, it wouldn't serve the original purpose."

Cruise Nights have brought in an average of 750 cars each month this season and Wyeth is expecting to see around the same next weekend.

Linn said the attendance at the Fall Classic will depend how the weather turns out.

Last year, 1,225 cars showed, 584 Swap Meet spaces were sold, and 200 cars were entered in the Car Corral. About 9,000 spectators came through, too.

All 600 of the Swap Meet spaces have been sold this year, Linn said.

He explained the swap area is a place for people to sell items such as car parts, auto memorabilia, diecast model parts and more. The Car Corral is where complete cars are sold.

"Ninety percent of them are classic cars," Linn said. But the vehicles vary from those classics to "parts cars" meant for scrapping auto parts out of.

Cruise Night is held in downtown Morris and the Fall Classic will be held in the LyondellBasell Recreation Area, five miles east of Morris on U.S. 6 at Tabler Road. For more information, visit morrislionsclub.com. 

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