by Steve Peterson
The Tri-State Cruisers took over downtown Akron on Aug. 8 in their annual visit with dozens of vehicles, whose owners have enjoyed the dry Summer in which to show them off.
Jim and Rhonda Gasz of Craig displayed their 1966 blue Ford Mustang.
“We found it in a farmers’ grove in between Hawarden and Ireton in 1990. It took six months to restore. It’s unique in that it is a convertible with air conditioning,” said Jim Gasz.
Jake Rens was proud of his 1956 pick-up truck and said he also has a 1954 model. “The ‘56 has the original paint,” said Rens.
Lynn King of Correctionville was showing off his Ford Fairline 428 vehicle that he has had since 1971.
“They’re cool,” said car show attendee Lincoln Bourassa.
Ken Becker worked for years on his 1919 Dodge, which has an emblem from the Dodge Brothers Radiator Co and 1935 Ford wheels, 16-inchers. “I’ve had it for four years and have taken it to Arizona,” said Becker.
Allan and Carol Ann Hagen of Jefferson, S.D., brought their Sting Ray vehicle.
Also on Wednesday, Kaden Ostermyer started a business of selling root beer floats for the night.
Down the street New Horizons United Church of Christ sold more than 70 taco meals.
Farmers Market vendors were also on Reed Street this Wednesday night. They’ll be back at Akron City Park Aug. 15, for the annual Akron Hoschler American Legion Post hog roast, from 5 to 7 p.m.