2014 Salem Super Cruise plans locked in

SALEM – Everything is pretty much set for the 2014 Super Cruise, Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said Wednesday.

During the final organizational meeting before the 9th annual Salem Super Cruise set for June 19 through June 22, he said vendors, entertainers and parking were set along with 15,000 brochures ready for distribution.

The brochures and 2014 Super Cruise T-shirts are available at city hall.

The T-shirts are available in a number of colors including yellow, blue, pink and gray and in all sizes for $10 each.

They are also available at the Suburban Market on Newgarden Ave. and at the Arby’s Saturday night cruises.

The Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew will manage parking for the Super Cruise and Gene Johnson, the organizer for the group, said they will run two shuttle buses from the east and west ends of the city to help alleviate traffic congestion.

The city will manage the overall event.

Kenst called Wednesday’s meeting a wrap-up session.

“Almost everything is done … concessions are full and 99-percent of the contracts have been returned,” he said.

The 20-page brochure has eight additional pages this year that includes 55 advertisers.

The Bricker Automotive NAPA Show ‘N Shine will conclude the event along with awarding the 50-50 drawing and tool box.

Tickets are available at the Arby’s Cruise each Saturday, along with T-shirts. The award ceremony will be at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Kenst said there are plenty of T-shirts at city hall.

A big new feature this year will be a shuttle service for visitors and spectators in an attempt to ease traffic congestion in the downtown area where most of the activity takes place.

Johnson said plans have been drawn up for entry points to the city from all directions.

The parking signs do not apply to show cars or car cruisers.

Starting in the north, traffic entering the city on state Route 45 (North Ellsworth Ave.) and U.S. 62 (North Lincoln Ave.) from Canfield will be able to follow signs to “Visitor Spectator Parking” to the parking area at the First Presbyterian Church of Salem on East Third Street.

Traffic from state Route 14, coming from Columbiana and Washingtonville can follow signs labeled “Park Car Shuttle Bus” from 5 to 10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) in the Salem Regional Medical Center parking lot on East Third Street.

A shuttle bus will be available or motorists can drive to the downtown area.

From the south on state Routes 344 from Leetonia, 45 from Lisbon, Depot Road from Guilford lake and state Route 9 from Hanoverton, motorists can follow signs labeled “Visitors Spectators Parking” to the parking areas located on the South Broadway Ave. parking area and look for signs saying “Parking for Car Cruise.”

From the west, Georgetown Road, U.S. 62 from Alliance and state Route 14 from Berlin Center motorists can follow the signs marked “Park Car Shuttle Bus” from 5 to 10 p.m. and walk to the Dairy Queen area, or drive to the downtown area.

Johnson said plans call for running shuttle buses from the 1900 block of East Third St., at the north end of the Salem Regional Medical Center parking lot, and from the Frostop lot in the 900 block of West State St., to the downtown area and back every 15 minutes.

The shuttles will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We hope it will cut down over 20 percent of the traffic,” Johnson said.

The Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew is a supporter of the Salem Community Food Pantry and will accept non-perishable food donations at the shuttle pick-up points.