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About The
 "Summer Spectacular"


 
2017 IS OUR 29th YEAR & STRIVING TO BE THE BEST!!!
FIRST, THANKS TO ALL THAT PARTICIPATED IN 2016.


Your 2016 participation helped raise $6,000 & with the previous 11 shows, we have given $101,000.00+ to Charities & Scholarships.... It's why we do the show!
 
NO PETS, SCOOTERS, SKATEBOARDS, BICYCLES OR ROLLERBLADES ALLOWED
NOW.... A LITTLE HISTORY
For 16 years, through 2004, our Car Club had held a Friday Night Cruise & Saturday Car Show during Lakeville's Pan-O-Prog festivities. We had built these events into very successful events, with the "Cruise" becoming the best drawing event of Pan-O-Prog. With it's 500 - 600 cars, Lakeville told us that our Cruise actually drew twice the number of spectators (over 22,000) that come to watch the Pan-O-Prog Parade on Sunday. In 2005 we decided to continue hosting the Cruise BUT, change the name & move the Car Show to what is now the Summer Spectacular

"Summer Spectacular" Beginings...
We had been hearing our members, and members from other Car Clubs, sorta complaining that there was no Car Show held in the "South of the River" Metro area that they considered a "Huge Event", meaning it was more than a couple hundred cars & hamburgers. We felt a Huge Event should include a Car Show, Business/Shopping Expo & Swap Meet with lotsa food & more. In 2004 we decided to expand our show to include all these items, and hoped that with your participation it would become a "huge" event.

NEW SHOW FORMAT MEANT NEW DATE & LOCATION
With that in mind, in late 2004 we decided to move our Car Show, to a new location & a new date, as there would not be enough room at our previous location in Antler's Park to do what we were planning. So in 2005 we chose the Dakota County Fairgrounds as our new location because it obviously would give us the luxury of having an unlimited growth potential. In the first 11 years of our "changed" event, we've given 100% of the profits to local Charities & Scholarships. As of 2016 we have awarded $101,000.00+. Southern Cruzers Members and our Charities & Scholarships Thank You!

WHY WE BELIEVED OUR SHOW WOULD BE "ONE OF THE BEST"!
(See the "HOW WE'LL RUN THE EVENTS" for more details)
We are a fairly large club, and if you check on our main Southern Cruzers website under "Members Info" you will see that we are a very active Club as far as attending a lot of shows etc. We have members attending at least 25+ shows, some large & some small, in addition to many cruises throughout the season. Our members talked to people at the different shows to find out what they liked & didn't like about the way the different shows were run, & then they'd bring that info back to the club members at our monthly meetings. Based on this info, we kept the things we knew we did really well at our show, added some of the better things we've seen at different shows (large & small), & have tried to avoid things that you, the participants, don't like. In addition to that, we came up with some (what we think) are fresh ideas (ex: having separate areas for stock & modified not mixed in together etc). Also the classes run pretty much in sequence meaning class 100 is not on the opposite end of the show from class 200. We also planned to have enough things going on to keep the day interesting.

WE WANT TO RUN OUR SHOW THE WAY YOU THINK IT SHOULD BE RUN!
We have had a lot of input from a lot of people, and below we have listed some of the things people considered important. Now some items seem to be common sense, but there are many shows that are missing one or many of these items. Below are some of the high points:
  • Get vehicles in quickly, no sitting in lines fooling around filling out registration forms etc. Get in & Get Parked!, then do the registering
  • Pre-registered cars get a packet at gate. Sign disclaimer & you're done! No need to go to registration, even your door prize ticket has been pre-deposited.
  • Keep dust to a minimum - nobody wants to dust the car all day We provide "on the grass" parking for ALL cars
  • Lots of classes with 1st through 3rd trophies in ALL classes, none of this "it's a small class so we'll only give 2 trophies", unless of course there's not 3 vehicles in the class :-)
  • "Buddy Class" so you can park with your friends and that class is a Top 15 for that class alone.
  • In addition to the class trophies, there's also 2 Best of Show trophies (voted by Participant & Spectators)
  • We'll get trophy presentation started on time, & won't have a "chatty" member handing out the trophies. Get to it & get it done so you can be on your way.
  • Have things going on to give people something to occupy their time when all the "show stuff" has been handled (see the "entertainment" section)