The official kick-off of the 18th Annual Beeline Cruise-In is — naturally enough — a cruise around Payson. More than 100 cars will cruise Payson starting at 4 p.m., Friday, April 29 at Green Valley Park.
Rim Country residents and visitors can get a preview as the cars start lining up to hit the road around 3 p.m. in Green Valley Park.
“Sometimes the first cars get back to the park before the last ones have left the starting line,” said Ken Gunderson, who is chairing this year’s Cruise-In for the Rim Country Classic Auto Club.
The route for the Friday afternoon cruise around town will go from Green Valley Park east on Main Street to the stoplight at Highway 87, where it will turn left and go to the intersection with Highway 260, there it will turn right at McDonald’s and go to the stoplight at Tyler Parkway, turn left and go over Tyler back to Highway 87. At the roundabout across from Home Depot, the cruise will then head south on Highway 87 and turn west on Main Street to return to Green Valley Park.
Gunderson said the cruise could last from an hour to 90 minutes.
Everyone is invited to pick a place along the route and enjoy the parade of classic, vintage and antique automobiles.
As of press time, 205 vehicles were registered to participate in the Beeline Cruise-In. Gunderson said registration would continue up through 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30.
Registration will also be held throughout the day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 29 at Green Valley Park, followed by the Payson cruise beginning at 4 p.m. and then the participants will be treated to a Kiwanis Brat Burn and enjoy music and dancing under the stars.
The car show itself is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Green Valley Park, with awards presented from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. While the main attraction will be all the beautiful cars, there will also be a number of vendors participating with both merchandise and food sales. Guests and participants have also been able to enjoy some great music throughout the day in the past.
So get on those walking shoes, put on a good sunscreen (the forecast from weather.com is for 79 degrees Friday and 76 degrees Saturday) and plan on making a great day of it over at Green Valley Park.