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First Cruise meeting set Jan. 22

SALEM — The first planning meeting for the 2020 Salem Super Cruise is set for take-off at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in council chambers at Salem City Hall, but Gene Johnson and the Cruisin’ Crew already have some events set.

All coming back for this year’s cruise, which takes place June 11-14, will be the Antique Tractor Show, the popular Valve Cover Racing, arts and crafts vendors, the garden tractor pull, car and truck parts swap meet, Chinese auction raffle over four days and a chance to win $500 worth of meat from Moore Farms or $500 cash.

The group of volunteers known as the Cruisin’ Crew is returning for a sixth year of hosting the city’s big event, with help coming from six local food pantries and the Salem Band Boosters.

In the five years that the Cruisin’ Crew has been involved, the volunteers have made a point of raising funds to donate back to local pantries through ticket sales for special auction items, 50/50 drawings, car shows, t-shirt sales and even putting out containers where people can donate cash. Since 2014 (not counting 2018 when the crew stepped away for a year), more than $35,500 has been raised for the local food pantries whose personnel also volunteer to park cars, sell tickets and help out. In 13 years of conducting car cruises in the Salem area and all around, not counting the Salem Super Cruise, the Cruisin’ Crew donated 2 million documented pounds of food to local food pantries.

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