Jamestown Cruise-In Returns for 29th Year


Hot rods, cool classic cars, and elegant autos of all makes and vintages will line the streets of downtown Jamestown for a 29th year as Jamestown Cruise-In returns! This popular annual event will be held from 5-8pm, Friday, August 12 in downtown Jamestown.

This outstanding event attracts a wide variety of unique, beautiful, and interesting cars and trucks. Their owners spend countless hours caring for their special vehicles and enjoy showing them off to the community during events all over the place. Jamestown Cruise-In attracts many drivers, so the show is always diverse and expansive.

In addition to the autos, Jamestown Cruise-In features live music. The great local band In Crowd will return to provide live music. They play an eclectic mix of oldies and newer tunes with a focus on lively sound that gets people dancing in the streets.

Jamestown Cruise-In is organized by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce as a way to attract foot traffic into downtown Jamestown. The objective is to help existing local businesses. Locally owned restaurants are gearing up for heavier foot traffic that evening, and some downtown retailers will extend their business hours. The Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Committee will operate a vendor tent for hot dog sales on Third Street near Potter’s Alley.

Carrie Swanson, Jamestown Community Chamber Coordinator noted, “Our focus is on encouraging people to support local business, and this is one way to do that. When we draw visitors to downtown Jamestown, we have seen that sales at local restaurants and retailers increase. We saw that with Cruise-In last year and expect it to be another great night for local businesses while people enjoy the car show.”

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Heitzenrater added, “Downtown Jamestown has so much to offer, and Cruise-In gives people an extra reason to come downtown. We hope you’ll explore the great local restaurants, retailers and attractions while you’re here and support the community.”

“We are grateful to Der Kobbler’s auto club for their on-going partnership in this event,” Hetizenrater added. “Their participation is crucial to the success of this event. We hope you’ll check out their vehicles and all the others that attend.”

Cruise-In will run from 5-8pm on Third Street between Spring and Washington Streets, and encompassing the connecting streets (Pine, Main, and Cherry) between Second and Fourth. The streets will be closed at 3pm that day. All vehicles entering the show are asked to enter between 3 and 5pm at the intersection of Third and Spring. The cost is $10 per vehicle. Advance registration is open online now and will remain open until 9am August 12. Drivers can also just show up with their cars and pay at entry.

Jamestown Cruise-In is sponsored by Cummins, AfterCare Nursing Services, Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Producto Corporation, Shults Auto Group, Cattaraugus County Bank, Dot’s Gift Boutique, Elegant Edibles Catering, LaBella Associates, Lafayette Corners Furniture, Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, and Media One Radio Group.

In addition to Jamestown Cruise-In there are two other events happening in downtown Jamestown that night. The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will play its first ever program at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in a tribute to Aretha Franklin with special guest Grammy Award nominee Darryl Williams who will sing iconic Aretha Franklin hits such as Respect, Think, Chain of Fools, and more. That concert begins at 8pm and tickets are available through the Reg Lenna box office.

In addition, the Whirlybird Arts Festival will be underway in various venues in downtown Jamestown that night, including a beer garden at the Winter Garden Plaza through the evening and live entertainment at the plaza beginning at 9pm.

“We hope people will come out and enjoy more than one of these great events in downtown Jamestown,” Ms. Swanson added. “We are excited that Jamestown Cruise-In will be play a role in what should be an outstanding evening for several organizations and businesses in the community.”

To stay on top of the numerous festivals and events happening in downtown Jamestown visit www.jtny.events or stop at the Chamber office at 300 North Main Street across from the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum.