Willie Nelson couldn’t wait to get “On the Road Again.” The Beach Boys had “Fun, Fun, Fun” till daddy took the T-Bird away. And perhaps Queen phrased it best by saying, “I’m In Love with My Car.”
Whatever your relationship with your vehicle, old or new, this Saturday is the time to get on the road for the eighth annual Back to The Strip Night.
“It’s a great family friendly event for small children all the way up,” said Mary Walker, one of the organizers. “There was an elderly gentleman who sat next to our T-shirt booth one year and he talked about riding The Strip when he was young. He told us where everything was located back then and educated us on how things were back in his day. He joked that it was when people rode The Strip the right way.”
Back to The Strip activities begin bright and early Saturday morning on Court Square with a 5K run that starts and finishes at the fountain. Registration begins at 6 a.m. for the 7 a.m. race.
Beginning at 9 a.m., entries are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis for the car show. The downtown area will be blocked off so car show entries are asked to enter by the library. Cost is $10 and will be limited to the first 150 entries.
“I think we’ll get 150 if it doesn’t rain,” said Walker. “Unfortunately, it’s rained on us the last two years and people won’t bring their nice cars out in the rain.
In addition to the car show, the downtown area will include food trucks and other vendors.
Downtown activities end at 3 p.m. and action will move to The Strip and be centered in the parking lot of Warehouse Discount Groceries. As always, visitors are encouraged to bring canned food items as the event is a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels.
While good times are always on the map, McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton reminds motorists to obey the rules of the road so the fun isn’t derailed by an accident.
“I always tell people if it’s illegal on Friday, it’s illegal on Saturday,” said Denton who indicated there will be an increased law enforcement presence.
Burn-outs will not be permitted and other behavior, such as riding on the hood of vehicles, will not be tolerated.