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Inaugural cruise-in held

A classic car displayed Saturday while another car cruises down Locust Street Saturday.

Creating memories that last a lifetime is a goal for the Midwest Real Street Machines.

Plenty of memories were made Saturday afternoon in downtown Fairbury as the group held its inaugural cruise-in, originally intended to be held the same day as the Prairie Dirt Classic race which was cancelled this year.

“This is going to be a yearly thing now,” explained organizer Rich Sullens. “We’ve got a lot more cars here than I expected due to the weather.”

Saturday’s rain didn’t stop folks from Peoria, Bloomington, Pontiac, Odell and Fairbury from coming to the cruise-in near Gig’s Place along Locust Street. The entire block was practically full on both sides of the street with more cars still arriving early in the evening.

A group was started online with mainly Fairbury people at first and has now grown to over 1300 members. More information can be found by searching for the public group on Facebook called, “Midwest Real Street Machines.”

“We do benefits for different towns in the area and try to do something good for the communities,” said Sullens.

Longtime Fairbury volunteer Doug Aaron was glad to see this event become a reality for downtown.

“I’ve always been wanting to do this,” Aaron said. “I’d like to thank everyone for coming out.”

Mark your calendar now as next year’s cruise-in is slated for Saturday, July 31 which is during the big Prairie Dirt Classic weekend at Fairbury Speedway when the town’s population practically doubles due to the large fan base.

There was no entry fee for Saturday’s show and all were welcome.

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