The Ionia Cruisin’ Classics car, truck and bike show takes place on June 4

IONIA – An annual event that showcases classic vehicles and raises funds for charity is scheduled for Saturday June 4th in downtown Ionia.

The Ionia Cruisin’ Classics Car, Truck and Bike Show takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4 on Main Street in downtown Ionia.

The event is free for spectators and costs $10 to register a vehicle. Registration is available online at Registration is available the day of from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Dash plates will be awarded to the first 200 cars. There are also the top 10 prizes which will be determined by the votes of the participants. They include Best of Show for cars, trucks, and bikes.

Proceeds from the event benefit local food pantries, Ionia community outreach and the Soaring Above Ionia teen center.

New awards this year include ‘most travelled’ and ‘first registered’.

Missy Mitchell, one of the event organizers, said the 2021 event raised $4,500 after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Coming out of all of our struggles, everyone was excited and the weather was perfect,” Mitchell said of the 2021 show.

Like last year, Mitchell said the 2022 show will focus more on the event itself. She added that the 2023 show will include more awards and trophies.

There will be plenty of dining options for the day, with local restaurants open and vendors on site, Mitchell said.

About 350 classic vehicles participated in the 2021 event, Mitchell said. Vehicles were lined up along Main Street from Dexter Street/M-66 to the Ionia Community Library.

“It was great to see Main Street lined up like this again,” she said.

The Ionia Department of Public Safety will provide its ladder truck to display the American flag during the playing of the national anthem.

The Ionia Cruisin’ Classics show began in 2005. Since Mitchell and his fellow organizers took over the event in 2017, they have raised approximately $15,500 for local charities. Last year was the most money they raised.

“When it comes to fundraising for ourselves, Ionia is a #1 community, especially within our businesses,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell thinks the 2022 show will be a hit.

“I’m confident we’re going to have another good year,” she said. “Everyone is ready to go out.

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Maria R. Newman