Classic cars will take over Fort Gratiot for the Blue Water Cruise Weekend.
The annual cruise weekend includes a night cruise, car show, carnival and fireworks. The weekend is organized by Fort Gratiot Township and the Fort Gratiot Business Association.
“This weekend is just for the community to have fun,” said Wing Thiele, Fort Gratiot Business Association board member and co-owner of Independent Floor Covering.
Fort Gratiot Community Development Director Sharon Wilton said she hopes the weekend will bring people into the township to enjoy area businesses, be safe and have fun.
The cruise night runs from 6 to 10 pm Friday. The cruise route runs along 24th Avenue from Krafft to Carrigan roads, and includes eight pit stops where cruisers can get a stamp on their card and a giveaway. If cruisers complete all stops, they will be entered into a drawing for gift cards from area businesses, Wilton said.
T-shirts will also be available for purchase for $20 at the last stop at Country Style Market, Wilton said.
The pit stops include:
- Mercy Village
- Jersey Mike’s Subs
- Moran Chevrolet
- Country Style Market
While people may cruise where they like, the cruise route intentionally avoids construction on Pine Grove Avenue. While construction barrels will still be up, no construction will take place that weekend, Wilton said.
Wilton said people visiting the township are encouraged to take alternate routes to avoid the construction on Pine Grove Avenue, which runs roughly from Hancock to Krafft roads.
The 15th Annual Keith Peterson Memorial Car Show begins with car registration at 8:30 am Saturday at the Birchwood Mall, and runs from 10 am to 3 pm. for spectators.
During the show, there will be food vendors, music, a kid zone, fire trucks and the Blue Water Bombshell Pin-up Contest. Thiele said people will dress up in period clothing to compete for cash prizes. To enter the pin-up contest, email email@example.com.
Wilton said the car show usually draws between 150 and 200 cars.
Fireworks with viewing along 24th Avenue will take place at dusk Saturday.
There will also be a carnival at the Birchwood Mall from 2 to 11 pm Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 pm Saturday and noon to 8 pm Sunday. Wristbands for the rides are available for purchase at the gate for $30.
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