ESCANABA - Car fans will have plenty to do this weekend at the 28th annual Krusin Klassics Fun Run car show.
A variety of participant and sponsor-only activities will take place Friday, including registrations beginning at 9 a.m., access to the X&M Hot Rod Dyno Machine from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a DJ'd cookout beginning at 8 p.m.
For car fans not entering the show, the Fun Run festivities kick off Friday at 7 p.m. with a parade along the bay. The parade begins at Ludington Park, will travel to Kipling, and will end at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds. Cars will begin lining up for the parade at 6 p.m.
Members of the community watch as classic cars make their way from Ludington Street to Stephenson Avenue during the 27th annual Krusin Klassics Fun Run Parade in Escanaba last year. (Daily Press photo by Holly Richer)
"It will go around the bay, into Gladstone. We go through Gladstone and then come back to the Ruth Butler Building," said Terrie Belongie, president of Krusin Klassics, adding the parade draws large crowds of car fans.
For car fans who will not be entering a vehicle into the show, the majority of the Fun Run activities will take place throughout the day on Saturday.
Adults can purchase a $5 button to enjoy the day's events, and children under 12 are admitted for free.
Gates will open for the all-day event at 7 a.m. Participants and early visitors can enjoy a pancake breakfast provided by the Ford River Lions Club from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Visitors will be able to view the 2013 raffle car, a 1971 Chevelle during the Fun Run. Raffle tickets for the car are $5 each or five tickets for $20, and are available at the event. The drawing will be held at 10 p.m. Saturday, and ticket holders do not need to be present to win.
"It's a very nice car. I think it's definitely going to be a ticket seller because it's just a car that anybody can drive - young or old - and it looks great," said Belongie.
Participants' cars entered into the show will be on display at the Fun Run throughout the day. Awards will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Participants in the show will vote on the recipients of 20 participant awards. Specialty trophies will also be awarded for cars selected by sponsors.
Recent Krusin Klassics have awarded trophies in different categories. However, When the Fun Run first started, cars were not organized into classes, and this year the show plans to do away with the class systems and return to its roots.
"We decided to go back to the original way we used to and just make it more fun. That's basically why it's called 'Fun Run,'" said Belongie, noting the show has always been a fun, family event.
This Fun Run marks the second year of the Pedal Car Corral, where restored, classic pedal cars are displayed just like their larger, motorized counterparts.
"(It's) slowly getting started. People are starting to refinish these pedal cars now. That's starting to be a big thing now. We're slowly trying to introduce that," said Belongie.
Other family friendly activities at the event include children's pedal tractor pulls, inflatable bounce houses, and various booths and displays. The DNR Pocket Park and the Antique Village will also be open during the Fun Run.
A dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight featuring the music of The Hit Men of Midland, Mich. The group specializes in blues, Motown, R&B, pop, and soul music.
Money raised by the Krusin Klassics Fun Run is reinvested into the community through donations to schools, the Salvation Army, Walk For Warmth, and private benefits. Krusin Klassics also sponsors families at Christmastime and provides scholarships for automotive students at Bay College.
"Whatever we don't use to put on our show, the rest goes into the community," said Belongie.
For more information about the Krusin Klassics Fun Run visit www.krusinklassics.net.