2013 Cruise honored as Fest of Year

The Super Cruise is now an awarding-winning event, Mick Orosz said at Wednesday’s organizational meeting.

“The Greater Ohio Showmen’s Association gives a ‘Festival of the Year Award,’” said Orosz who heads the concession committee for the Super Cruise.

The 2013 award will be presented during the 9th annual Salem Super Cruise which will run from June 19 to 22. The event is managed by the city.

Orosz, a member of the association, said a written nomination was filed for the Super Cruise by the organization’s First Vice President Jo Ellen Albanese, while President Andy Pocock promoted the Super Cruise by noting how nice, friendly and easy to deal with the city was and mentioned Salem Administrative Assistant Debbie Bricker as a reason for the cruise winning it.

Orsoz said Pocock commended the city for the way it backed the event.

Orosz said the 14-member committee voted unanimously to name the Super Cruise the “Festival of the Year for 2013.” Orosz said the vote was taken in January.

In other business, Service-Safety Director Ken Kenst, who manages the Super Cruise, said there are more sponsors, advertisers and concessionaires this year and attributed much of the increase to the efforts of Sam Sicilia.

Ron Waite, who heads the advertising committee, said he did a “phenomenal job” noting the program will be about eight pages longer that in the past.

Kenst said the Salem Historical Society will be contributing to the pictorial and editorial content in the brochure. He said 15,000 will be printed.

Gene Johnson from the Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew that will manage show car parking and the shuttle service said they are just about ready to go.

Dominic Righetti, who heads the Super Cruise Autocross that will be held at the Salem High School parking lot on Sunday, said the event will be sponsored by Stretch’s Rod Shop located on Benton Road.

The event, which was very popular last year, will be run using Sports Car Club of America guidelines.

Tom Hall said the Sunday Show ‘N Shine will be sponsored by Bricker Automotive’s NAPA store in Lisbon. Kenst said the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton is sponsoring the cruise route signs.

There will be no burn-out pit this year, Kenst said. The event was formerly sponsored by the Stadium GM Superstore which opted out last year citing insurance related issues and other factors but had expected to return this year.

“This is coming together easier this year,” Kenst said. “I think we’re pretty much on schedule.”

Twenty people attended the meeting.

The next Super Cruise meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 14 in city hall.