OREGON?MOUNTAIN?CRUISE

The Oregon Mountain?Cruise draws 300 classic cars to Main Street in Joseph.

More than 300 classic cars from around the Northwest will line Main Street in Joseph June 12-13 for the 21st annual Oregon Mountain Cruise (OMC).

Chuck and Pam Garrett of Moonlight Graphics organize the event, which has blossomed into a first-rate show. As the OMC motto goes: "If you're not havin' fun, you're not doin' it right."

With so many cars, pre-registration had to be limited to 200, though others can register the morning of the Show 'N' Shine. The variety of automobiles range from Mustangs and Corvettes to old motorcycles and pickups with huge tires to antiques like Joe Colley's 1933 Ford Sedan Delivery and Mark Hryciw's 1926 Ford Model T. They park along five blocks of Main Street, and the owners are happy to tell stories about restoration, repair and refurbishing.

The two-day event starts Friday, June 12 at 4 p.m., when folks begin registering cars - $40 for one, $60 for two -for the show at the Joseph Community Center on Main Street. An hour later, contestants will begin a scavenger hunt that will continue until 2 p.m. the following day. There also is a party and dance on the 12th that won't wind down until midnight. Mixed drinks, beer, wine and food will be available. Everyone is encouraged to bring a party hat or design your own unique headgear. There will be cash prizes for the best hats.

The cars will take center stage June 13. Starting at 9 a.m., Main Street is closed and converted into a show floor, with hot rods, modified and custom cars and pickups. For most of the day, hundreds of beautiful cars are on display, free of satin ropes or other barriers. Everyone is welcome to get close to the cars - and perhaps even get inside. Owners are approachable to answer any questions or tell the story behind their restoration projects.

Everyone is encouraged to cast votes until 1 p.m. for the People's Choice, while youngsters make the Kids' Choice. Those are two of the many awards given out at OMC. Then, at 3 p.m., all the cars are fired up for the Ragman Memorial Cruise, a lingering parade to Enterprise and back. The procession was named in honor of the late James "Ragman" Tuschhoff (1955-2005), a co-founder of the OMC. The event ends with a fully catered dinner starting at 5 p.m. at the Joseph Community Center. Awards will be presented at the dinner between 7 and 8 p.m.

For more information, the OMC Web site can be found at (www.oregonmountaincruise.com). To register a car via e-mail, contact (registration@oregonmountain-cruise.com).

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