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August 2, 2012

Dairy Queen hosting Cruise Night

Woodward, Okla. — Hot rods and ice cream can be found at the Dairy Queen in Woodward this weekend.

Kenny Vassar, restaurant owner, recently announced that he's decided to make it a regular tradition to host a Cruise Night on the first Saturday of each month.

Classic car owners are invited to bring their vehicles down and line them up near 13th St. and Main Ave. around 7 p.m. on the first Saturday.  Vassar said the cruise ins will typically last for a couple of hours, until participants start heading home around 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.

Vassar, who has hosted other cruise-ins periodically over the past 3 years, said he wanted to make it a monthly event because the Cruise Nights seem to fit in with the long history of "cruisers" hanging out at their local Dairy Queen.

He also said the events are mutually beneficial for the cruisers and the restaurant, because the car owners get to share their vintage wheels and "it builds (customer) traffic for us" at the Dairy Queen.

The Cruise Nights are intended to be a time when classic car enthusiasts and the public can get together and just enjoy the antique automobiles.

"This is just for the owners to visit and show off their vehicles," Vassar said.

He is expecting about 20 vehicles to attend this month's Cruise Night, among them a couple of '37 street rods and several customized pickups.

By September or October, when the weather cools, Vassar said he expects to see around 80 participants each time, especially as he plans to hold burnout contests then.

But for now, "people just like to bring their lawn chairs and look at the cars," he said. "Cruise Night is for all ages."

For more information about the Dairy Queen Cruise Nights, contact Vassar at (580) 254-9848.

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