The 20th Annual Jay Cruise Night, sponsored by members of the Jay Chamber of Commerce, takes place at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, as the cars begin to rumble and roar down the middle of town on Main Street.

The event, which began with less than 40 cars, typically boasts several hundred registered and unregistered vehicles, as well as hundreds of spectators.

From classics to customs, from street rods to motorcycles, the streets will be filled with vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

"My favorite part is the cars," explained Jay Chamber of Commerce President Becki Farley. "I also like to see how the town swells.

"Cruise night is a rite of passage. It's the end of the summer, we get to see the whole town come together to mark the end of the summer."

About the 'cruise'

Pre-registration is $5 through Friday, Aug. 9. Registration on the day of the event is $10 and will take place from 3 to 7 p.m., in the lobby of Grand Savings Bank, Jay. Proceeds benefit the projects organized by the chamber.

Lineup will begin after 6 p.m., in the parking lot of the Sam Hider Health Clinic, at 859 East Melton Drive, across the street from the bank.

Those wanting to register for the show may park at the Delaware County Courthouse Square may take a shuttle, provided by the chamber, to and from the bank.

The parade lap will begin at 7 p.m., at the Sam Hider Health Clinic with many vehicles making the complete "lap" through downtown Jay to the "Y Store" on south Highway 59.

Pre-registered cruisers in the parade may park along the Delaware County Courthouse Square. Others may continue to cruise for the remainder of the evening.

Entertainment, including live music, and food vendors will be available on the courthouse lawn. The top 75 vehicles will receive awards, along with the top three car clubs and the top three youth divisions. 

Multiple awards - sponsored by area businesses - have been added to the event. Additional awards include Mayor’s Choice, Jay Police Department Choice, Jay Fire Department Choice, V & V Pharmacy Award, Cruise Committee Choice, Redneck Award, first through third place for high school youth, first through third place for largest cruise club participation, and a cash award.

The awards ceremony will take place at 9 p.m. at the courthouse gazebo. For more information, persons interested may visit www.jaychamber.org/EventsSpotlight/20th-Annual-Cruise-Night, or call 918-253-8698.