A popular downtown Kannapolis cruise-in will return to West Avenue on Saturday after a hiatus of several years due to construction of the North Carolina Research Campus.
Many of the members of the Cabarrus Events Association committee that has revived the gathering met their spouses while cruising decades ago, including Brenda Drye, executive director of the association.
Drye, 57, met her husband, Dale, when she was 17. They will celebrate their 38th anniversary in May.
"We'd spend our weekends cruising," she said. "It was fun, and it was clean."
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The association's "Kannapolis Cruise-In" Facebook page had 1,435 friends as of Thursday.
The event is open to all types of cars from all eras. No registration is required. Car owners just show up.
"It's an open Cruise-In," Drye said. "There could be a 2006 Mustang or others from the 1930s."
There also will be food from downtown eateries, including Depompa's Comfortable Foods, Village Grill, Pizza Hut and Bruster's Real Ice Cream. Cruise-In T-shirts will be sold.
Cruise-In hours will be 4:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday and the second Saturday of each month through November, except in May.