Memories of a more innocent time will spring to life when the Pratt City Fire Department Cruise and (car) Show hits the city for two days this weekend.
The roar of muscle car engines will again be heard on Main Street and First Street on Friday when entrants take part in a cruise through the city, said Todd Hoffman, event organizer.
Entrants will start gathering at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 24 at the Pratt Fire Station at 201 South Jackson in Pratt.
Registration will be available at that time for the show on Saturday. Pre-registration is $15 and $20 the day of the show. The first 50 entries will receive dash plaques.
Pre-registrations for the event are looking good. Proceeds will benefit the Pratt Fire Department for training, training materials and other items at the station.
Entrants will participate in a cruise and dice run starting at 7 p.m. with stops along the way where players will roll dice to accumulate numbers. Highest total gets a cash prize.
The cruise will end at Sonic where entrants will be treated to half price drinks. The Friday night event is designed to get participants into town early so they can explore Pratt.
Show day registration runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on May 25 in Sixth Street Park on the southeast side of the park. Entrants will receive one free T-shirt donated by Pratt Travel and Tourism.
The show will award 20 handmade trophies in various categories. Stryker Welding and Kendall Ray helped with trophy construction, Hoffman said.
"We make our own trophies. It makes it kind of neat for the participants," Hoffman said. "I think they enjoy ours (trophies) more than a plain plastic trophy on a stand."
Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. for "Best in Show" "Best Custom" "Best Off Road Truck" and 17 other categories.
Several businesses have donated prizes and drawings will be held to give away those donated items. Several vendors are scheduled to be on hand with items of interest for car buffs.
A hamburger, hot dog feed will also be available for everyone. A couple of air games will be available for children to help keep them entertained.
This is the third year for the car show and cruise in Pratt. The event drew 45 entries the first year and 65 last year so interest in the event is growing. It has been a popular event drawing entrants from Great Bend, Salina, Garden City, Wichita and even Alva, Okla.
Typical entries include muscle cars, customs, classics, racecars, motorcycles, specialty, trucks and street rods.
One reason the show is so popular for car buffs is that no other car shows are held during the Memorial Day weekend.
In the event of rain, the show will be moved to the parking lots at the fire station and across the street south at Liberty Middle School.
For information about the event contact Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org