Route 66 Reunion Cruisin

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Route 66 Reunion Cruisin

Logan Roldan, Staff Writer

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Many people love looking at cars and engines, and many just look at cars for how old or how amazing they look. Whatever the reason might be, many people flock to Ontario on September 16-18 for the Route 66 Reunion Cruising.

The Reunion is a nonprofit organization run event was created to improve the city, business and show off sweat cars. It allows for three days of someone displaying they’re rides out on the streets. In the beginning, the cars go to their places. Then, towards the end, the cars cruise up and down the closed of part of Euclid, about B street to G street. According to Mayor pro tem Debra Dorst-Porada, over 1200 cars showed up this year. That is about 450 cars more than last year.

This year’s Firefighter challenge was held at the car show. This not only brought not people from around to see, but this also brought media attention from Channel 9 and Channel 5. The media coverage showed people some of the best of Ontario “…would bring business to the restaurants and hotels..” said Debra Dorst-Porada.

She also explained that this year, the hotels were packed and full. She said that had she sent a survey team out and that 20% of the actual attendance were from out of the city. In fact, the 20% were from out of state. The people who help everybody with finding their way around Ontario are nonprofit groups. Debra Dorst-Porada said, “Who better than those groups to show everybody around.”

The people who run the show are a nonprofit group. They pay a lot of money for the police and private security which is covered in car tax, vendor tax, etc.The private security and police were $20,000 each. There were also bands who were a Saturday night attraction and Bands who are famous for their music the popular Tv show on Counting Cars, adding all this takes a large chunk in budget. The fee, for the Reunion to pay, which is $50 a car. There is also fee for vendors. This event also creates work and jobs to all working in landscaping for the parks, hotel workers, and restaurants and even the possibility of new businesses. The gas stations also experienced high sales, not only from visitors but also the people who come to show off their sweet rides.

The car show is planning of expanding to suit more vendors and people. The Mayor pro tem Debra Dorst-Porada confirmed that the Reunion needs expansion but they haven’t worked out the kinks in the plans. So far, Debra explained how they are planning having expanding the Reunion on to side streets, but they’re not sure yet due it being too tight.