Windsor Cruise In Car Show blends classic and new |

Windsor Cruise In Car Show blends classic and new

Allison Dyer Bluemel

In addition to this weekend's Harvest Festival, All School Reunion, Home and Garden Show and Bulls on the Beach, Windsor residents can enjoy a mix of young and old at the 10th annual Windsor Cruise In Car Show. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 7025 Eastman Park Dr. in Windsor.

The show, put on by local car enthusiasts and staff of the Parks, Recreation and Culture department, attracts cars both vintage and new and provides a great way for families and car lovers to see how the industry has changed over the years, coordinator Rob Winter said.

"We don't limit it to anything," he said.

Last year, the show drew approximately 200 cars and organizers hope that the turnout this year will be comparable.

The show has seen everything from old sports cars to new sporty models to military trucks, Winter said.

"Whether they're old or new, it's just kind of a car thing I guess," he said. "Getting the locals' cars out and meeting people is what it's about."

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In previous years, the show has seen about 1,000 spectators come out during the already packed Labor Day weekend.

The show as it is today began when Winter and a few other local enthusiasts approached the town to cosponsor the event. Now, volunteers from both sides help every year to put on the show for Labor Day.

"It's neat to see the hobby that those people have with their cars," show coordinator and Manager of Recreation Tara Fotsch said. "It's fun to hear their stories of the condition and what they've done to make it into the show car that it is."

The show also benefits local families who cannot afford recreation at Windsor's Community Recreation Center through donation of the car registration fee.

Though the preregistration deadline has passed, day of registration can still be done for $20 per car. Admission for the general public is free.

The fees go toward the recreation center's Reduced Fee Program that helps lower-income families who can't afford the fees for the department's recreation classes and activities.

In the past, the car show has accounted for approximately $3,800 of the $6,000-$8,000 raised per year toward the program. The recreation center raises the other funds through the mud volleyball tournament and Labor Day 5k race, Fotsch said.

The money raised allows the recreation center to help about 120 applicants per year afford recreation in the area, she said.

Windsor Cruise In Car Show

The Windsor Cruise In Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 7025 Eastman Park Dr. in Windsor.

Day of registration for cars to be included in the show is $20 and the fee will go toward the town of Windsor’s Recreation, Parks and Culture Reduced Fee Program.