Tom Cochran is famous for singing, “Life is a highway … I wanna ride it all night long.”
If the thought of cruising The Strip gets your motor running, the seventh annual Back to the Strip is this Saturday, May 5. The event has expanded into an all-day, all-night extravaganza and begins at 7 a.m.
“This is a chance to have a good time riding up and down The Strip and to help Meals on Wheels in the process,” said Mary Lee Walker, one of the organizers. “Excitement is building. I think the move downtown is a big part of that increased enthusiasm. We are confident adding the 5K to our schedule of activities will bring even more excitement, more participation and more visitors to the most beautiful part of our lovely city.”
The big change this year is the majority of daytime activities will be in downtown McMinnville. This includes the 5K run with registration to start at 6 a.m. and the race to begin at 7 a.m.
The car show begins at 9 a.m. with a $10 entry fee. Spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. The band Cripple Creek Review is scheduled to begin playing its unforgiving brand of classic rock at 11 a.m.
Topz and the city have partnered to offer a showing of the movie “Cars” at Park Theater beginning at 2 p.m. The movie is free.
The car show ends at 3 p.m. and that’s when the event gravitates to The Strip. Car show winners will be given their traditional place of honor on the front row of the Foodland Plus parking lot.
There’s no set time when riding The Strip begins. The DJ is usually in place in front of Foodland Plus around 5 p.m.
Last year’s event generated $30,000 in monetary donations and 15,000 pounds of food for Meals on Wheels. Back to The Strip has raised more than $150,000 for Meals on Wheels since its inception. A trailer will be available for nonperishable food donations downtown and at Foodland Plus.