By Todd Wels
Triplicate staff writer
From far and wide, they came, parking their cars along Third Street, and hoping to cruise their way to victory this weekend.
On Friday night, Sea Cruise 2000 began, with Third Street closed off for the annual Show & Shine competition.
The competition and car show, currently in its 9th year, is put on by the Crescent City Car Club and the Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce.
Accompanied by the rockin sounds of Carl Perkins, Chubby Checker and Chuck Berry provided by Crescent Sound Machine, dozens of owners parked their classic cars along the street and showed them off to the world.
Damn right, Im proud, Crescent City Car Club member Jack Reese shouted above the strains of Blue Suede Shoes.
Reese said he was happy with the number of people who had registered for Sea Cruise.
As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, 315 cars had been entered into the competition.
Well hit 500, Reese said confidently.
Last years Sea Cruise came just short of the 500 mark with 478 entrants.
Fridays entrants came from all over Oregon and California.
John and Sharon Palmer brought their 1953 Chevy all the way down from Salem, Ore.
We drove through the rain all day to get to this fun event, Sharon Palmer said.
This is the Palmers fifth Sea Cruise and theyve won several awards, including best in their category.
Bruce Read of Grants Pass, Ore. brought his 1950 Chevy Sport Coupe, which won him an award at the Third Annual Sea Cruise.
But I havent won anything since, Read said. The new blood wins and thats the way it should be.
Despite the fact that he hails from Crescent City, this will be Lee Smallwoods first Sea Cruise as a competitor. He is showing off his 1915 Model T Ford.
When asked whether he thought he might win an award, Smallwood replied: Who knows? I dont come here to win.
Also on hand, to warn competitors against burn-out and racing competitions was Crescent City Police Chief Bob West.
Were just heavily enforcing moving violations, West said, adding that there had been some major problems with racing and burn-out competitions during last years event.
Crescent City Car Club President Kathy Reese has also warned competitors that if they do engage in such behavior, they do so at their own risk.
Official Sea Cruise events held this weekend include:
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Registration held at Beachfront Park. The cost is $25.
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.: The Car Show and Judging will be held at Beachfront Park.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: A raffle and several sales will be held at the Car Show.
4:30 p.m.: Awards will be handed out.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.: A show and dance will be held at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. No one under 21 will be admitted to the event.
Entertainment will be provided by returning performers Rocky and the Revellettes, who will play music from the 1950s and 1960s.
9 a.m.: A Poker Run will be held at Beachfront Park. The event is sponsored by United Way of Del Norte County.
Several civic groups are using the weekend as an opportunity to offer events for both locals and tourists.
Those events include:
The First Annual St. Josephs Chainsaw Carving Contest, held at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds will continue through the weekend, with auctions held 5:45 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday.
A Sea Cruise Breakfast will be offered by the Crescent City Elks Lodge Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Admission is $3 for children and $6 for adults.
Del Norte Sunrise Rotary and the American Cancer Society will hold the 2000 Taste For Life, a food, wine and beer tasting event Saturday night at the Crescent City Cultural Center.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
Children, ages 6-12 and senior citizens will be admitted for the price of $10.
The event features food and beverages from local restaurants and merchants.