The news coming out regarding the Quaker City Weekend Cruise is all good. Last month's nice weather-abetted event brought thousands of people into Salem's downtown area over five days. It was a wonderful summer get together for so many that was free, was for all ages and void of any major troubles or incidents. It is always fun to see so many different and cool-looking vehicles. For many of us it's the only time we get to see a 1957 Chevy Belair, 1964 Pontiac GTO and say a 1965 Shelby Mustang go by within minutes of each other. It's also always fun to run into some people you haven't seen in awhile.
And some of the businesses downtown, particularly the eating places, had to have seen a customer traffic increase. The vendors were surely happy. Sure parking could be a hassle. But you can park away from the downtown and walk there in a matter of minutes. Many did.
Now word comes that the city will be in the $10,000 profit range which is about what was anticipated. Which translates into good, solid planning. The city and its leadership including Mayor Jerry Wolford and Service Safety Director Steve Andres, both who rode the point for the Cruise's organization and execution deserve, a public commendation. Police Chief Bob Floor's officers maintained a physical presence and did great jobs handling their duties.
We absolutely endorse and encourage the return of the Quaker City Weekend Cruise for 2012. The biggest suggestion would be to add even more - perhaps on Sunday afternoon following the car show that was held at the East Pershing parking lot. There were a bunch of people downtown showing up just to hang out even though the Cruise had officially ended. Give them more. The Quaker City Weekend Cruise is an example of what a small town can do right in providing entertainment on a large scale with minimal expense and hassle. Any wrinkles that need to be ironed out for next year are few. People crave these kinds of things to do during the nice summer weather. Keep giving it to them.