Salem Car Cruise kicks off Thursday

Downtown businesses are prepared for the influx of people coming into town for the event

The Salem Super Cruise kicks off Thursday night, and downtown businesses are looking forward to the influx of people coming into town for the event.


SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – The Salem Super Cruise kicks off Thursday night, and downtown businesses are looking forward to the influx of people coming into town for the event.

For the next four days, the streets of downtown Salem will be filled with street rods, hot rods and 4x4s as part of the 11th annual Salem Super Cruise. The event kicked off Thursday in the city parking lot, across from the Timberlanes restaurant.

Salem Mayor John Berlin opens the ceremony, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. He said he expects around 30,000 people to attend this year.

Berlin added that the event usually fills hotels in the surrounding area and is a major boost for businesses downtown.

“While there are vendors set up downtown for those kind of things that you can get at a fair, they also frequent all of our restaurants,” he said. “So the economy is very much beefed up by having all of this activity in town.”

The band Jimmy and the Soul Blazers will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Salem Methodist Church parking lot. Parking is available in the lot across from Timberlanes restaurant on South Broadway and Pershing Street.

Sunday will be the main car competition called the Show n’ Shine.

You can find information on the event at www.salemsupercruise.com or on the Salem Car Cruise’s Facebook page. Proceeds from the event are distributed to 11 Columbiana County food pantries, according to event organizers.

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