October 22, 2010 - Blairsville Cruisers are more than classic cars
The Blairsville Cruisers are all about raising money to help local kids and if they can have fun while doing it, so much the better! Cruisers’ CEO Wayne Tanner, PR Manager Dixie Hadley, PR Assistant Charlie Hadley, 2nd VP Vinny Caldovino, 1st VP Chuck Holloway, and President Tom Bruce recently met in Blairsville to discuss the upcoming Shop with a Cop program and other events.
Since the car show season is winding down, now is the time for the Cruisers to get started on their real work. During the past three years, the Blairsville Cruisers have raised over $30,000 for local children’s charities! They were able to finance shopping trips for over 40 kids in 2009 and expect to do the same or better this year.
Shop with a Cop is a great program and the kid in Union County love it. They get to go to Wal-Mart and shop for themselves and their families. It is a great experience for the children and the Blairsville Police Department, too. Chief Johnny Carroll makes a great Santa even if he is dressed in blue instead of red!
Wayne Tanner says, “We are all about crusin’ for the kids. The club started out as a way to have fun but we quickly realized there was an opportunity to help needy families, especially kids at Christmas. We do more than Shop with a Cop. We also donate to the Union County schools, needy families, and the Sheriff’s Give a Gift program.”
Wayne continues, “We have three main goals. The first is to help our local kids. The second is to get folks into Downtown Blairsville. The third is to have fun.” It’s a win-win situation for the people of Union County.
Charlie Hadley adds, “Our young people are very important to us. When we invest in them, we are investing in our future.”
Blairsville Cruise Ins and O’Reilly Block Parties help raise money and are a great way to have fun. The Block Parties bring in visitors to stay the weekend in Union County. Their spending helps support our restaurants, motels, and stores.
The Block Parties feature live music, good food, dancing, fellowship, and of course a parking lot full of beautiful cars. People come from all over the southeast and their dollars help stimulate Blairsville’s local economy.
When there are no DDA festivals or Cruise Ins going on in Downtown Blairsville, it’s like the sidewalks have been rolled up. The town is pretty lonesome on weekends. Except for a few popular restaurants and activities at the courthouse, there isn’t any traffic or people on the square. Thanks to the Cruisers, Downtown Blairsville is busy on the first Saturday of every month April through October. There are smiling faces, happy tourists, and lots to do. Keep up the good work, Blairsville Cruisers! Your efforts are appreciated.
Club President Tom Bruce says, “An exciting addition to next year’s fundraising activities is a 1995 Mustang GT Convertible raffle. The bright red sports car was donated by Jackie Jones Automotive Group and raffle tickets are now on sale. Tickets are $10 and the lucky winner will be announced on October 2, 2011. All proceeds will benefit local children.”
Even if you don’t have an old car, you are welcome to join the Blairsville Cruisers. Everyone is welcome so come on out and join the fun. 2011 promises to be bigger and better than ever!
Vinny Caldovino says, “Cruiser volunteers don’t think of it as work. It is a joy. It’s a terrific feeling to be able to help people.”
Thanks to all the volunteers including Treasurer John Davis, Secretary Liz Parks, and Recording Secretary Phyllis Bruce.
Become a Blairsville Cruisers’ sponsor. Sponsors get lots of good publicity on the website, in newspapers, on the trailer, posters, flyers, and radio! It is a great way to advertise your business. Look for Dixie to be knocking on your door sometime soon. She will explain all about becoming a Blairsville Cruisers’ sponsor.
August 7, 2010 - Cruisers host Taste of Blairsville
The Blairsville Cruisers hosted a Taste of Blairsville during their August Cruise In on the Square. Almost twenty restaurants offered specialties and favorites including hot wings, catfish, ribs, pizza, BBQ, Brunswick stew, Cuban sandwiches, Monte Cristo Sandwiches, hotdogs, boiled shrimp, gumbo, ice cream, key lime pie, chocolate chip cheesecake, and more. It was a great opportunity to sample the varied and delicious menu items available in Blairsville.
Owltown Market & Deli was voted most popular vendor (with hand dipped ice cream) and Best BBQ in Blairsville went to Popie's Rib Shack. Lots of awards were given to vendors because the food was so delicious! (I tried the pizza, ice cream, and hot wings and it only cost $5.) The cutest vendors were the kids from Hilltop Café. There were also craft vendors to provide a unique shopping experience with everything from wind chimes to earrings.
During the Blairsville Cruise-In on the Square, visitors enjoyed more than food. Music, raffles, good fellowship, cars, trucks, and awards all combined to make the Cruise In an extra special day with fun for the whole family.
During the August Cruise In, an award in honor of Billy Gopher Nelson was given to Ray Yarber. Yaber won the award for his red 1964 Ford Galaxie. Also, a 50/50 raffle brought in over $1000 with proceeds going to support the automotive department at Union County High School .
Lots of great looking cars and trucks were on show during the day. As always, the Blairsville Cruisers put on a fine event.
August 28, 2009 - Fun at the Blairsville Cruise-In
The Blairsville Cruisers really know how to put on a car show! The recent Blairsville Cruise-In was fun for the whole family with raffles, door prizes, contests, awards, friendly faces, delicious food, music, and lots of beautiful cars.
Barbara Reese says, "My husband purchased this 1959 Biscayne Chevrolet about fifteen years ago. He has four classics right now - he never gets rid of anything." Friend Kendra King adds, "The Cruise-Ins are a great show for both local people and visitors. It's a lot of fun and a great way to make new friends." And which car is Brittany 's favorite? The brand new red Camero across the square appeals to teenagers and adults!
John Henrickson has his shiny black 1949 Ford in the show. He says, "We come to all of the Blairsville Cruise-Ins. Our neighbors come, too. We like seeing the cars and meeting new people." The Dahlen's have their classic red 1958 Chevy parked next to the Henrickson's custom Ford. Both couples are from Murphy, North Carolina .
Pat and Donald Wilson are from Franklin , North Carolina . They drive a 1967 Cobra. The red sports car is a definite crowd pleaser. Donald says, "This is our first time at the Blairsville Cruisers' show. It's certainly well organized and there are lots of nice automobiles. Everyone is having a good time - that's the main thing."
Blairsville Cruise-Ins on the Square
The Blairsville Cruisers hold Cruise-Ins on the first Saturday of most months. Crowds of car, truck, and motorcycle enthusiasts gather to see the classic and antique automobiles that are on display. There are raffles, 50/50 drawings, good food, and door prizes with all proceeds going to local charities.
Every month different cars, trucks, and motorcycles arrive in town for the event. Sports cars are especially popular. Everything from compact European convertibles to sleek Chevy Corvettes are displayed.
The Cruise-In is a great way to show off a beautiful ride. Many of the Cruisers are well known local boys from Blairsville with a love for classic autos. They started the free Cruise-In events in order to have fun and to benefit Blairsville at the same time. All classic, antique, muscle, or special interest cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome to participate in the show.
After walking around admiring the large and varied selection of shiny cars and trucks, visitors enjoy sitting under the shade trees and listening to music. Many local businesses keep their doors open later than usual for the event. They provide visitors with places to eat and places to shop. Many thanks go to all the business owners that participate in the monthly Cruise-Ins by donating gift certificates and raffle items.
The Cruise-In car shows draw visitors from all around Union County and from all over the southeast. Community events like the Cruise-In help keep the downtown area alive and energized. People gather to see old friends and to make new ones. See you at the next Blairsville Cruise-In!
August 19, 2009 - Tommy Jones, Don Patterson, Johnny Carroll,
Wayne Tanner, Elizabeth Davis, and Fred Register prepare for upcoming Cruise-In