Sonic Cruise-In gearing up for another year

Posted By | May 23, 2006 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
People are already digging through their attics in search of their favorite 50’s style clothes in preparation for another fantastic Sonic Cruise-In and Sock Hop, on May 27.
Each year the event has gotten bigger and better, and the 2006 festivities will once again prove the era of rock and roll is still alive and well in Sparta.
The annual Sonic Cruise-In will begin and 5 p.m., May 27, and continue until 9 p.m., when darkness overtakes downtown Liberty Square where thousands of people will be twisting and strolling to the hits from the 50’s and 60’s.
The event is sponsored by City of Sparta, The Expositor, Edd Rogers Chevrolet, Edd Rogers Valley Ford Mercury, Bill Boruff Chrysler and Sonic, America’s Drive-In.
“In 2002, when Mayor [Tommy] Pedigo was elected, one of his major platforms was to bring the community together,” said Sara Arthur, events coordinator for City of Sparta. “In Sparta, we already have the Liberty Square Celebration, and so we have expounded on that and grown that over the years. He [Pedigo] wanted to start something else that was just purely fun. No one had any qualifications for having to be there. Nobody had to raise money – just come out and have a great time.”
Arthur said the idea for the Sonic Cruise-In was inspired by the monthly cruise-in on Liberty Square from May-September of each year. Four on the Floor, a popular band that plays “oldies,” is the featured entertainment for the 50’s style street dance. A stage is set up in front of Oldham Theater as the focal point of the night’s activities.
The Boys Scouts will provide the only food available that night.
“It’s just fun,” said Arthur. “You’re not required to purchase anything. You’re not required to support anything. You’re just supposed to come out and have a good time.”
Arthur said the event is advertised in surrounding counties. She said 1,500-2,000 people usually attend the event.
Everyone who attends is encouraged to dress up in the attire that was popular in that era, such as poodle skirts and saddle oxfords or rolled up jeans and white t-shirts. The outfits will be topped off with the “perfect” hairstyle with “slicked back” hair for the guys and pony tails for the gals.
Not only will great music be a part of the Sonic Cruise-In, but attendees will also be able to take a leisurely walk around Liberty Square to view all the classic cars on display.
The band will take a brief break during their four-hour gig for attendees to participant in some fun contests.
Prizes will include $50 for the best dressed couple, $25 for the best dressed man, $25 for the best dressed woman, $25 for best dressed boy under 12 and $25 for best dressed girl under 12.
Other prizes will be given to the winner of the hula-hoop contest and twist contest.
In case of a heavy rain, the event will be moved to White County High School.
So rev up those engines, find that cashmere sweater and get ready for Sonic Cruise-In, 5-9 p.m., May 27, on Liberty Square, in downtown Sparta.

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