Site keeps Salem Super Cruise fans informed

SALEM — Keeping the slogan, “If it has wheels, bring it,” the 14th annual Salem Super Cruise is keeping fans informed with its salemsupercruise.com website.

The website has 131 pictures on its slide show displaying cars from previous Super Cruises.

The Super Cruise, set for June 6-9, is back in the organizational hands of the Cruisin’ Crew which has played a major role in the event dating back to 2013.

Cruisin’ Crew director Gene Johnson said this year’s four-days of shiny hot rods and street cars with rumbling exhaust pipes and glittering chrome will be as big as ever.

“The big thing will be the Idaho Potato Truck,” he said.

The U.S. Army recruiters from Alliance are also scheduled back for this year along with five monster trucks.

Johnson said Super Cruise T-shirts will go on sale in March in city hall. He said he expects to line up two or three more retail outlets for the shirts, which come in five colors. There is red, black, safety green, blue and orange with sizes of small, medium and large selling for $10 each. Sizes 3X, 4X and 5X can be ordered and cost $13 each. Hats will also be sold at city hall.

The Super Cruise is free and open to the public and proceeds benefit local food pantries through the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.

The event has been managed by the city for 10 years and for 2019, Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said the city is putting up a new pole in the center of the main staging area on East Pershing Street to assist with communications.

“There will be a lot of good stuff going on,” Johnson said.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will be getting more involved along with downtown businesses. One event that will not return this year is the autocross event, held at the Salem High School parking lot.

The next Super Cruise meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in city hall. For more information visit salemsupercruise.com and on Facebook.

Even before taking over the Super Cruise, Johnson, who founded the Cruisin’ Crew along with his wife, Jane, and a number loyal assistants, organized car shows at B.B. Rooners to benefit the Salvation Army. They took their car show organizing skills around the Columbiana County.

“For 10 years we did local car shows and cruises around the area and the weekly car cruise at the Salem Arby’s,” Johnson added. “We did over 300 car-related events. During that time we donated over 2 million documented pounds of food to local food pantries in our area.”

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