3rd Annual Progressive Car Cruise

First off let me say that the following article and photos are from the June 2013 Hwy 80 Progressive Car Cruise. I had hoped that this would run prior to the 2014 event, but I was not aware of the date change from June to March 2014. All I can do is apologize to the promoters of the event & participants for what was an honest mistake. 

The annual event known as the Highway 80 Progressive Car Cruise kicked off early on a Saturday morning at Wills Point, TX. The morning festivities were hosted by PAC/Wills Point Chamber and included a free breakfast for registered participants.  The entertainment was by an Elvis tribute artist who had many in the crowd singing and dancing along with him. The mornings cruise started off with a drive thru of the Free State Crestwood Health Care/Assisted Living facility where the residents had the opportunity to view the cars/trucks as they cruised thru the parking lot. This was the beginning of what would eventually cover 65 miles of Highway 80.

The next stop for the cruise was in Grand Saline, TX where registered participants parked along the street that formed the historic district. A free lunch and entertainment for all registered participants was provided by the Grand Saline Main Street organization. 

After the lunch break in Grand Saline it was time to hit the road again for the cruise down Hwy 80 to Mineola, TX, They had a beautiful part of town on Mineola Main Street barricaded off just for the cruisers of the event. This was to be the dessert stop on the cruise and nothing better on a hot Texas summer day than ice cream. A live band set up under a pavilion played some great tunes while the cruisers checked out some of the local shops or just kicked back and enjoyed the break.

Hitting Highway 80 East, the next & final stop of the cruise was in Gladewater, TX. The parking and activities area for this stop was at the historic Dr. E.L. & Nannie Lewis Walker House. Plenty of bright open spaces to park the cars & trucks while there was plenty of shade for the registered participants to sit in during the dinner meal and live entertainment all provided by Gladewater Main Street.

Thanks go out to all of the cities and their staff that hosted this great event and for allowing Cruisin’ Style Magazine to be a part of it. 

If you have not taken part in this event before make pans to be a part of it in 2015. For more info visit www.highway80carcruise.com 

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