Cruise the Gorge is ON! August 11-13, 2023
Kicking off with the “Neon Cruise”, Friday evening, downtown The Dalles. It’s an “open” cruise, just like back in the day, so just show up and start showing off (NO burnouts however). It starts around 7pm and extends well into the night. This is the favorite part of the weekend for many of the locals, and the sidewalks up and down 2nd and 3rd streets fill up with appreciative and enthusiastic spectators. Several downtown businesses will be having special events during the cruise. You can also pre-register for the show at Burgerville on 3rd St. between 4 and 7 pm.
Then Saturday brings the “Show in the Shade”, now, after a 3 year hiatus, back on the grass in beautiful SOROSIS PARK, 300E Scenic Dr. Registration opens at 8am, judging until 1pm, and the Parade of Champions awards ceremony beginning at 2pm. Goodie bags and dash plaques to the 1st 250 vehicles. $20 entry up to July 31, $25 after. 40+ awards, food and specialty vendors, oldies music and plenty of raffle prizes.
Then Saturday evening features the Eagles Car Show/Dinner/Dance from 5 to 11pm at the lodge, 2006 W 7th, The Dalles.
Finally, if you want one more chance to win a trophy, there’s the Dufur Threshing Bee Car Show, on Sunday in the Dufur Community Park, just 13 miles South of The Dalles, starting at 9am.
So, one day, two days or all three, how much fun do you want to have?
President, Mid-Columbia Car Club
CRUISE THE GORGE 2023 VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES
We’re always looking for quality vendors to take part in Oregon’s premier small-town car event, and we’d like you to consider putting the event on your schedule this year. Cruise the Gorge was launched 30 years ago by members of the Mid-Columbia Car Club. It has grown from a modest one-day car show to an exciting weekend-long celebration of the automobile. The main event is the “Show in the Shade” in Sorosis Park on Saturday. 300+ cars on the grass and thousands of spectators make for a full day of fun.
Space rental Is just $70 with power, $50 without. The show generates between $5,000 and $10,000 every year for the Lions Club community service projects.
The “Neon Cruise” Friday evening also provides vendor opportunities via local downtown businesses.
The Mid-Columbia Car Club has over 100 member families from The Dalles and surrounding areas. The club provides a way for members to share and enjoy their love of the automobile, to cruise and socialize with one another in the beautiful area called the Columbia River Gorge.
Are the third Tuesday of each month at Spooky’s Pizza in The Dalles (click for map). The meetings include a “social hour” at 5pm, with the business meeting following at 6pm. Dues are $20 per year for a digital version of the newsletter, or $25 for a print version. To join, simply print and complete the attached membership form (Click here to download form), and mail it along with a $20 or $25 check to: Mid-Columbia Car Club, PO Box 327, The Dalles, OR 97058.
The CRUISER, the official newsletter of the Mid-Columbia Car Club, is published monthly by Editor Roberta Wymore-Hulit and mailed to the members. It includes a calendar of events, meeting minutes, a note from the Prez, flashback to the past, tech tips, classified ads and various other articles of interest. The editors are always looking for material, so everyone is encouraged to contribute.
Members also get regular email reminders of upcoming events.