Somernites Cruise 18th season wrap-up!

Somernites Cruise 18th season wrap-up!

Article by Mark Hansford

Photos by Jason Denney

Somernites Cruise, the long-running monthly gathering of customs, classics and hot rods in Somerset, KY recently wrapped up its 18th season of nostalgic cruising fun. Despite several rainy show days, classic car owners continue to turn out in big numbers on a regular basis. Cruise organizers say that many participants are now coming from outside the region and in a few cases, even beyond the borders of the USA!
Many new events and celebrity guests have been added to further enhance the event. Somernites Cruise is a two-day event in a community that really welcomes and embraces the classic car hobby.  

The monthly downtown Saturday Show & Shine is packed with every imaginable type of vehicle, from completely stock and original classics to wild one-off custom street machines. The show offers a Vendor Alley for new parts, automobilia and food plus a Swap Meet with plenty of good deals on used parts. Many shops and restaurants are open in the old downtown and classic cruising tunes add to the welcoming community atmosphere. Admission for car owners or spectators is completely free!  

A ‘must-do’ highlight of a Somernites Cruise Weekend is to take in the enormous turnout for the Saturday night ‘Cruisin’ the Strip’ festivities. After the downtown Show & Shine concludes, huge numbers of hot rods and spectators gather along the main drag, a six-lane boulevard that runs thru the heart of town. Locals call it “the strip” and it’s the setting for some classic cruising fun!

Show cars can be seen making laps and checking out the scene. You’ll hear the rumble of mighty V8’s and perhaps catch the occasional whiff of tire smoke. If you remember cruising with your buddies or best girl, you’ll enjoy ‘Cruisin’ the Strip’ at Somernites. 

Somerset is the official “Car Cruise Capital of Kentucky” and for good reason. The event staff and local leaders work hard to make car owners feel welcome and wanted in the small town with a big Hot Rod Heart!

Somernites Cruise is held on the fourth Friday-Saturday of each month April thru October in historic Somerset, KY. The Sat. show is held rain or shine and averages over 1,100 show cars & trucks in attendance. Admission is FREE for participants and spectators. Entrance gates open at 1 pm (EDT). Visit  HYPERLINK "" or find info at 











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