Honestly, Kearney’s signature event, Cruise Nite, isn’t for everyone, but it has steadily grown and adapted during its 32-year history feeding the appetites of car lovers in south-central Nebraska and beyond.
This year, Cruise Nite will uncork the same successful recipe as in the past: Mix equal portions of gasoline, rubber and steel, sprinkle liberally with large crowds and interesting attractions, and watch it cook for six days.
Organized by the Central Nebraska Auto Club, Cruise Nite 2019 has booked the most expensive entertainment in its history. Gary Lewis and the Playboys — famous among car lovers for tunes like "This Diamond Ring" and other hits of the 1960s that sounded great on your AM radio while flipping a U-turn on main street.
Son of the famous comedian Jerry Lewis, Gary Lewis and his band will take the Merryman Performing Arts Center stage at 8 p.m. July 18.
Some of the other Cruise Nite highlights are:
July 16 — 5-8 p.m., show & shine at Blueprint Engines plant
July 17 — 6-9 p.m., classic car tour of Kearney nursing homes
July 18 —5-7:30 p.m., show & shine at Midway Auto Outlet
July 19 — 7-10:30 p.m., classic and collectible car auction at the fairgrounds
July 20 — 7-9:30 p.m., burnout contest at Graham Tire
July 21 — 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., NHRA drag racing at Kearney Raceway Park
There’s plenty of other activities planned, including car and motorcycle displays, food and entertainment, engine building contest, and cars and coffee at the Classic Car Collection.
As we said, the six-day event continues attracting thousands of classic and customized car owners, car enthusiasts and folks who are curious to see what Cruise Nite is all about.
If you’ve never experienced Cruise Nite, this might be your year — but remember, it’s not for everyone.