Final MainStreet Cruise-in set for Saturday
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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THESE CLASSICS AND ANTIQUES are prime examples of what will be on display during this weekend’s final MainStreet Cruisers Cruise-in. Hundreds of vintage autos, trucks, cycles and other modes of transportation will line the streets around the Courthouse Square. Banner file photos, GREG KAYLOR
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Fall has arrived and the final MainStreet Cleveland Cruise-in will be held Saturday.

Gospel music will fill the air around the Courthouse Plaza, according to MainStreet executive director Sharon Marr.

A number of other events are also slated for downtown Cleveland after the cruisers close out the season. Typically, 400 to 600 drivers show off their classic and antique modes of transportation … whether they be trucks, cars, motorcycles or even bicycles.

From slick paints, to patina and rust, the streets surrounding the area will be filled with the vehicles.

The MainStreet Cruise-in comes on the heels of the popular Cleveland Apple Festival, held this past weekend.

Four musical groups will provide entertainment for the final Cruise-In of 2013.

At 4 p.m., Trinity Trio will take to the stage as the first of four gospel groups on the evening’s program.

Kathy Smith of The Seekers coordinated the gospel portion of the program and The Seekers provided and set up the sound equipment for all of the performances.

Following the Trinity Trio, enjoy performances by Stronger for It, Mercy’s Call, and The Seekers.

The Cruise-In is a free family event for both participants and spectators. Stroll the downtown streets and visit local shops and restaurants. Food vendors add to the atmosphere with barbecue, kettle corn, fried apple pies, and more.

“The Cruise-In has a big economic impact on our community. It is amazing how many out-of-state cars travel to Cleveland for this event. These visitors are spending money in our hotels, restaurants and shops. We congratulate the MainStreet Cruisers for 12 years of success with this event. Thank you to the Cruisers’ volunteers who invest many hours to make this event so successful, from the blocking of streets and directing traffic, to trash cleanup the following morning,” said Marr.

After the final car cruise, the course has been set for the 26th annual Downtown Cleveland Halloween Block Party, which will be one week from today on Halloween evening.

This year’s headliner is a popular 1980s tribute group.

The Breakfast Club will be performing on the main stage at the Courthouse Square.

Local party band Convertibull will open for The Breakfast Club.

Music performances will begin at 6 p.m., and The Breakfast Club will take the stage at 8 p.m.

The ever-popular Treat Street will also be doling out plenty of Mars candies.

Marr said more than 40 vendors, including food vendors, have committed to the annual event.

“They will be situated around the Courthouse Square, and a map will be provided to the Banner for publication as soon as placements are finalized,” Marr said.

Officials are still placing vendors during the final days of preparation.

Things quiet down through the month of November, then in December, “A Classic Christmas in Cleveland” begins.

Marr said the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Post Office Annex will kick off the Christmas holiday season.

The tree lighting and “Carols in the City” will be held Dec. 6.

“The Downtown Cleveland Christmas Parade will be held the day after, on Saturday,” Marr said.

Entry forms for those groups or individuals who want to participate in the parade, are available by visiting