CADILLAC — So far, the name change hasn’t slowed down the momentum of what was formerly called the Back to the Bricks car show in Cadillac.
Now dubbed the Cadillac Lakes Cruise and Car Show, organizers anticipate 10,000 people will attend the event, which will feature hundreds of vehicles, steam train rides, a kids carnival and much more.
Earlier this month, the Downtown Cadillac Association reported over 260 car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts already registered for the event, which was ahead of previous years with several weeks before the show, which will be held on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9.
Contributing to the high turnout expectations are steam train rides this year from the Michigan Steam Train Institute, which organizers anticipate will draw an additional 3,000 people to the event.
The train will come in on a semi and get unloaded onto the tracks, then connected to the antique passenger cars.
“We have a seasoned planning committee, awesome supporting sponsors, partners and volunteers,‘ said Joy VanDrie, co-chair and executive director of the Downtown Cadillac Association and Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau. “This event is the largest event in the area ... it’s time to roll out the red carpets and ensure everyone has a great time.‘
Other than the train and name, the Downtown Cadillac Association stated in a press release that the rest of the show will be essentially the same as it’s been the last seven years.
Since 2012, downtown Cadillac has hosted the car show, with over 300 classics and hot rods, adding motorcycles last year, which topped 5,000 spectators.
A five-year licensing agreement for the use of the Back to the Bricks name expired this past December between the Flint Back to the Bricks organization and the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau.
The committee behind the car show picked the new name to highlight lakes Mitchell and Cadillac.
“We just wanted to emphasize the lakes and how close everything is to the lakes,‘ said VanDrie in a previous interview with the Cadillac News. “People identified with that. We’re excited to be 100 percent locally-run now.‘
• Noon — Blessing of the Classics (cars and motorcycles), Flag Ceremony, National Anthem, Welcome, Blessing and Closing
• 12:30 p.m. — Safelite Lakes Cruise around lakes Cadillac and Mitchell
• Noon to 5 p.m. — Cruis’in Show and Shine — Lake Street for the afternoon, with entertainment in the city park, vendors, scavenger hunt, and live music at the Pavilion, merchandise
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Wexford Relay for Life - Kids Carnival - Bring the kids and let them play games in the City Park at Cadillac Commons
• 9 to 11 a.m. — Staging starts on Pine and Mitchell Street intersection, registration, breakfast in Downtown Restaurants and Food Court Vendors
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Wexford Relay for Life - Kids Carnival - Bring the kids and let them play games in the City Park at Cadillac Commons
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Downtown Car Show - seven city blocks and two parking lots, 400+ cars annually
• 10 a.m. — Official Kick-off: Presentation of our American Flag, The National Anthem, Pure Michigan Welcome, Entertainment, and People’s Choice Trophies, merchandise. Special Law Enforcement Exhibit at Mitchell and Mason — Police, Sheriff, Fire Department, State Police and National Guard. Custom Motorcycle Show at the Market in the Cadillac Commons
• 2 p.m.— Cadillac High School Marching Band Performance at Harris/Mitchell
• 3 p.m. — Awards Ceremony: 25+ Sponsor Trophies, Top 5 People’s Choice Trophies, plus William Merrick Memorial Trophy
• 4 p.m. — The Show Officially Ends