Albion will close off Main Street for big car show on Saturday

Photo by Tom Rivers: The car show during the Strawberry Festival in June proved to be a crowd magnet. This photo shows a blocked section of East State Street.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 July 2017 at 8:33 am

This map shows the layout for Saturday’s Super Cruise, which will include music and food vendors.

ALBION – Main Street in downtown Albion will be closed off Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. for a big car show.

The “Super Cruise” is expected to draw 300 to 500 vehicles, including classic cars, motorcycles, Jeeps, trucks, street cars and modern vehicles.

This is the first time in several years the street will be blocked off for a car show.

Bank Street, from Liberty to Platt streets, will also be closed off to traffic.

“If we get the turnout we’re expecting, it will be something to see,” said Mayor Dean London.

There will also be a food court at the village parking lot north of the Presbyterian Church on Main Street, live music and an open mic at Shay’s. Many of the downtown businesses will also be staying open later to be part of the event, including U-Need-O Burrito and 39 Problems, two eating establishments on main Street.

The car show runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m., but the streets will be shut down at 4 to allow the cars and vendors to get set up. The streets will reopen at 9 p.m. after cleanup from the Super Cruise.

“We’re hoping to make a spectacle of it,” said Adam Johnson, a coordinator of the Albion Canalside Cruise Nights, which started on June 17.

The Cruise Nights have been on Saturdays by the canal. This Saturday will be the biggest cruise of the year.

Johnson and organizers have received a good response from car clubs in Rochester and Buffalo.

“There has been a real strong buzz in Rochester and Buffalo,” Johnson said. “Our cruise is a little bit unique because it’s not just classic and old cars. We’ve opened it up to the Honda Club, tuners, Jeeps and motorcycles.”

Johnson, owner of 39 Problems, hopes the event will be showcase for the downtown business district.

“This is a chance to take a leisurely stroll down Main Street and the downtown and see our historic buildings and architecture,” Johnson said.

The Albion Canalside Cruise Nights continue on Saturdays until the finale on Aug. 26 featuring convertibles.

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