Cruise-In returns to Ravenna after losing 2020 event, founder of COVID
The Portage Celebrate! Cruise-In returns to Ravenna on Wednesday after losing the 2020 event, and a founding organizer of the show, to COVID-19.
The event was canceled last year due to the pandemic. Months later, Gary Krause, owner of Mongoose Motorsports, who had helped organize the event since its launch in 2014, died of COVID-19.
Gary Krause’s widow, Tricia Krause, who still owns Mongoose Motorsports, said she is hosting the event this year as a tribute to her late husband. The event announcer will receive a tribute to read in honor of Gary, she said.
“He’s going to smile at us,” she said of her late husband. “It was her baby.”
The event will take place between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday on East Main Street, between Linden and Bryn Mawr streets in Ravenna. The street will be closed from 3:30 p.m. to allow cars to fall into place, Krause said. Parking is first come, first served. Spectator parking is also available behind the Portage Community Bank.
“Some people come as early as 8 am,” Krause said.
In addition to the classic cars, there will be a DJ and a performance by the Ride 4 Life motorcycle team. The “Ravenna Rumble”, where all motorists will start their engines at the same time, takes place at 7 pm.
There will be no food vendors, she said, as people are encouraged to patronize restaurants in the city’s quarter-mile neighborhood. Because parking is limited in the auto show area, some people park downtown and walk to the auto show, patronizing the businesses there.
The show started in 2014 and usually attracts hundreds of cars, even in bad weather. In 2019, the most recent year of the show, 1,987 cars were on display and around 10,000 spectators attended.
This year, she said, an even larger crowd is expected because people couldn’t attend last year and because they are eager to come together after more than a year of isolation and canceled events.
“It’s going to be nice,” she said.
According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of near 81 degrees, with a slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.
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