Planning for 14th Salem Super Cruise under way

SALEM — During the first planning meeting for the 14th annual Salem Super Cruise, Ken Kenst, Salem service-safety director said, “My job is to bring as many people here as possible.” The event has been managed by Salem for 10 years.

The 14th annual Salem Super Cruise is set for June 6-9 and is billed as four days of hot rods, street rods and show cars with live entertainment, fair food, music and events for kids.

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, according to Gene Johnson, founder of the Cruisin’ Crew, which is back to organize the event after a year off.

For 2019, 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.

“The sound will be heard throughout the lot,” Kenst said. Johnson noted they are looking for sponsors for the sound system.

Mick Orosz will chair the vendor’s committee again and said there will be about 20 permitted food vendors and large three spaces for games. He’s looking to fill up the South Broadway Avenue area with about 30 craft vendor displays.

“Interest is there,” he said, “I’ve gotten three calls this month already.”

Kenst said he is handling entertainment and it is “pretty much the same as last year.”

He said the brochure is the biggest part of what he’s doing and there is still work to do regarding the printing.

Johnson said, “There will be a lot of good stuff going on,” adding that the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will be getting more involved along with downtown businesses.

Johnson read through a checklist that noted there will be a treasure hunt, hula-hoop contest, and cars from the Ohio Regional Studebaker Club, the Northeast Ohio Camaro Club, the Big Idaho Potato Truck, Mongoose race cars are expected back, with its Fast and Furious cars, along with a possible antique tractors display, and more high-end race cars than before.

The races cars will be on display on South Broadway Avenue in front of city hall this year and the popular 50/50 raffle will return.

Johnson said past winners have won from $1,300 to $1,500.

There will be a raffle for a beef quarter from John Borza Meats in Lisbon, or the winner can take the equivalent cash value of $400, and the ever-popular garden tractor pull will return. Both NAPA stores in Salem and Lisbon are working on a large tool box raffle.

Also, Super Cruise T-shirts and hats will be on sale while the WKBN Car Care Show will hold a live remote broadcast Saturday morning and will judge the WKBN Car Care Car Show at 10 a.m.

Tom Hall, a Super Cruise veteran organizer, is administering the Super Cruise Facebook page and said many commenters said they are happy to see Johnson and the Cruisin’ Crew back, along with T-shirts and hats.

Hall said, “Probably the biggest complaint I heard is they didn’t sell T-shirts last year.” Kenst said T-shirts and hats will be sold at city hall.

Johnson said the Super Cruise logo will be used on T-shirts, hats, dash plaques and trophies awarded during Sunday’s Show ‘n Shine which will return and award more than a dozen trophies.

The Facebook page “is starting to grow,” Johnson said and as new events are confirmed they are updated to social media pages weekly.

Johnson said the autocross event is not scheduled this year.

During the meeting that attract over 10 guests, there was discussion of Quaker City Motorsports Park becoming involved and Johnson said, “I am working on some other things to add to event and waiting on more confirmations before we announce them.”

The Cruisin’ Crew will also get a big boost with ad space selling with Mary Walker, Michelle Greenamyer, Paul Preston and Dave Weingart pitching in.

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.