Atascadero Weekend Cruise a Huge Success • Atascadero News


500 cars traveled El Camino Real during the 29th edition of the Hot El Camino Cruise Nite

Atascadero – Fans of cars and classic fun headed to Atascadero this past weekend for the Atascadero Weekend Cruise. The festivities kicked off with the 29th annual Hot El Camino Cruise Nite on Friday, August 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cruise route changed from Curbaril Avenue to Traffic Way, and the 500 participating cars rode looped for the entire two hours, allowing viewers to see the vehicles more than once.

“The evening cruise was amazing,” said Terrie Banish, assistant city manager of outreach, promotions and events. “We had about 500 cruisers exactly. We hit the 500 count, with our next ticket being 501 which we didn’t sell out so we just got to the 500. That’s the highest we’ve ever had in attendance on the night of the cruise. So we were pretty happy with that.

While most of the cars and their drivers came from Atascadero, there were cruisers from Templeton, Paso Robles, and even a small selection of vehicles from further afield.


“It’s a local vibe, local vibe, and all the restaurants and everyone, they’re open,” Banish said. “Different places have different parties up and down El Camino Real.”

Cruise Nite requires the use of local California Highway Patrol personnel from across the county, as well as road closures carried out by Caltrans, so all entry fee money goes directly to offset travel costs. organization of weekend festivities.

“It’s just a ton of fun to see everyone come out and cheer each other on and say hello to their neighbor,” Banish said. “It’s just something you don’t find there.”

The gas weekend continued with the 31st Annual Mid-State Cruizers Car Show on Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two hundred and fourteen classic cars were on display at Lake Atascadero Park, and attendees enjoyed 20 merchandise, food and drink vendors during their stay.

Vintage cars drove from Lake Atascadero Park to a VIP parking lot right next to City Hall, kicking off the 6th edition of Dancing in the Streets, which took place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Six years ago, Atascadero added Dancing in the Streets to ensure the party continued throughout the weekend. Not only were local bands performing on three stages, but community entertainment was also part of the evening. A member of the AHS Advanced Choir sang the national anthem, the AHS cheering squad also performed, and there was a performance by the Motions Academy of Dance. Dancing with our stars also had a foothold in the festivities.

This year, the California Mid-State Fair Court and its Queen participated in the launch of each of the three stages alongside Mayor Heather Moreno.

Music was provided by Burning James & the All-Stars, Dante Marsh and the Vibesetters, The Counterfeit Kings and Steppin’ Out. And there were 20 adult food and drink vendors to choose from as the community danced the night away.

“This [Dancing in the Streets] is super successful; people come from all over the county, as well as our residents here,” Banish said. “It gets them out of their house again. Those who didn’t want to cruise or really couldn’t, or whatever, they have another opportunity to go out and enjoy, because they [the events] are all free, including the car show.


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