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Back to the Strip
Event returns May 1 after year off
Back to the Strip 2021
Get your classic car shined up and ready to roll. Back to the Strip is just 10 days away, set for next Saturday, May 1.

Back to the Strip is coming, well, back to the Strip. The event, which benefits Meals on Wheels, will be held Saturday, May 1.

Riding the Strip, to those not in the know, is a cool thing to do.

According to organizer Mary Walker, the day’s events will kick off with a cruise-in at Tim’s Motors next to KFC from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Folks can motor in and show off their automobiles at that place and time. There is no admission fee, and persons are also encouraged to bring canned goods and pet food as in-kind donations to Meals on Wheels.

Then at 4 p.m. the show moves down the road to the front row of the parking lot of Warehouse Discount Groceries, formerly Foodland Plus. A T-shirt booth and DJ will be on hand, canned goods and pet food donations to Meals on Wheels will be accepted, and folks are encouraged to ride the Strip, which means to drive back and forth on Chancery Street/ Smithville Highway. The Strip is loosely defined as the stretch of Smithville Highway that runs from Village Car Wash or Dairy Queen to the Shell gasoline station north of Needmore Road.

Front-row parking spots at Warehouse Discount Groceries for the event are for sale and can be purchased by calling Walker at Custom Vinyl Signs on Faulkner Springs Road, 668-3372. Walker says those persons who purchase parking spots “have the ability to park there and leave and go make a lap, and come back to that spot.” Event T-shirts are also for sale.

Walker says of the event, “It usually tapers off in the 10 p.m. to midnight area. There’s been years it’s died off a little early, but if the weather’s just perfect sometimes they’re still riding at midnight.”