This year’s 24th annual North Olmsted Firefighters Cruise-in for the Muscular Dystrophy Association has kicked into a higher gear and is drawing additional attention.
This year’s version on July 20 at the Great Northern Corporate Center will be featured on an upcoming episode of the popular Fox Sports Ohio TV show, “Cruise In,” which is hosted and co-produced by longtime area sportscaster Jeff Phelps. The show visits classic car shows around Ohio where Phelps talks with different car owners about their vehicles and details where they found them, how they fixed them and other unique details about their cars. An original episode airs each Monday at 8 p.m. and is rerun at other times throughout the week on FSN and FSN2.
North Olmsted firefighters turn all the funds raised at their Cruise-in every year over to the Cleveland-area Muscular Dystrophy Association to help combat the disease. Phelps said the show is aware of the event’s history and popularity in the region.
“We looked at the schedule and saw it was a good fit for us this year,” he said.
Phelps said show officials haven’t determined exactly when the episode featuring the North Olmsted event will first air, but said a decision will be made soon.
“We’ll know when we come to the show to do the filming on the 20th,” he said.
North Olmsted Firefighter Carl Schanz, the primary organizer for the show, was happy to have the additional exposure for the show and the effort to aid the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
“It’s a good thing,” he said.
Schanz said the North Olmsted show’s popularity with others has remained strong in recent years.
“We got picked as one of the top shows in the Midwest again by Cruisin’ Times on its annual list of best shows, so we seem to be staying pretty popular with a lot of people,” he said.
Schanz said event organizers are adding some twists to the event this year.
“We’re adding some more contests and prizes involving judging and people picking them, so it should be fun for people to get involved with all of that,” he said.
One of the new contests will have a youngster with muscular dystrophy selecting a personal favorite.
“We’re pretty excited about having that one included this year,” he said. “It’s great that we all have a lot of fun with the different cars and displays, but the big part of all of this is that we are raising funds to help fight muscular dystrophy. That’s why we emphasize that all the funds go to the MDA for that purpose.”
He said the goal for this year is to again have at least 500 cars register and raise $10,500.
“Those numbers would put us near our all-time high figures again,” he said. “But you want to shoot for the top in an event like this.”
Hours will be from 5 to 9 p.m. with no cars allowed in before 5 p.m. Spectators again get in free with participants paying a $10 registration for their vehicle. Other popular features such as dash plaques for the first 400 cars, the people’s choice and novelty awards and the 50-50 raffle will be back. There will be refreshments and other door and raffle prizes, Schanz said.
For further information, call (440) 777-1220. The rain date is July 27.