Car show draws huge crowds

Car show volunteer Bruce Fabio said bigger crowds than ever before strolled down East Seventh Avenue to check out the vintage cars, enjoy the food and listen to the music in 2014. (Submitted photo)

A "Tow Mater" truck attracted attention, especially from the youngsters Sept. 19. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

One of the many vintage cars catches the eye of a couple walking by at the History Cruze Car Show. (Submitted photo)

The North St. Paul History Cruzer Friday night weekly car show concluded its 21st year Sept. 19. "See ya next summer" was overheard as the classics began to rumble out of downtown. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A look back at a North St. Paul summer tradition

The summer-long History Cruze Car Show rolled to a conclusion on Friday, Sept. 19. Classic car owners from around the region began cruising into downtown North St. Paul all the way back on June 6, and kept coming every Friday after that.

According to North St. Paul History Cruze Car Show co-organizer Bruce Fabio, this year's shows were a major success. While he didn't have any specific numbers to back his claim, he believes records were set in attendance this year.

This was the car show's 21st year along East Seventh Avenue, and Fabio said, "We have never had the streets as full of people.

"If you go look at the Facebook site, we have pictures late at night, and the street was still completely packed. We've never had so many people looking at the cars."

This year the History Cruzers helped sponsor the annual North St. Paul Fall Roundup parade, which took place on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Fabio said the parade, which was led by grand marshal and city manager Jason Ziemer, was the biggest one ever. He said it had 20 more units than the largest parade in the past, and was the "perfect cap" on a summer of activities for the History Cruzers.

Fabio also praised the city for its added participation in the Friday car shows. For the first time, the city sponsored a day (June 20), making, as Fabio put it, "a really great way to show us some support".

The car shows are funded through sponsorships and vendor fees, but volunteers and the North St. Paul History Cruzers don't make a profit off the events.

Fabio stressed that the organizers do not receive "any payment of any sort." All profits are channeled back into the shows for the coming year.

You can reach Tim Faklis at 651-748-7814, at, or on Twitter @tfaklisnews


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