Cruisin the Ridge is back

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By Ryan Naus

After last year’s success, Cruisin’ the Ridge is back.

Classic sports cars, historic antiques and revved up motorcycles will line downtown Dry Ridge from 3 to 8 p.m. the second Saturday of the month from May to October.

Hosted by city of Dry Ridge and the Good Old Cruisers, the event is scheduled for May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10

“We had 532 cars from last year and not everyone who came registered,” said Jonny Renaker, one of the organizers of Cruisin’ the Ridge.

“I’m expecting more this year because the word is getting out,” he said.

Along with the vehicles, a swap meet area will allow attendees to buy or sell car parts.

Without a fee, Renaker said he hopes to bring in more vendors this year as well.

A stay in the honeymoon suite at Hampton Inn also will be raffled off.

The July 11 cruise will be in collaboration with Grant County Drugs’ celebration of its 45th year in business.

Mayor Clay Crupper said Cruisin’ the Ridge helps the local economy.

“I think it brings tourists in, different people from all over the country,” he said. “It helps the business people, restaurants and motels. They come in and some of them stay all night to get away for the weekend. I think it’s good for the city.”

Renaker agrees.

“It brought people in the town who had never been here before,” he said. “They knew Dry Ridge was here, but they just passed through. They sat around and made new friends. With it being free and with the economy the way it is right now, people enjoyed it.”

For more information about Cruisin’ the Ridge, go to www.cruisintheridge.com.