Event-goers encouraged to donate nonperishable food items

REED CITY — From brand new Corvettes to classic cruisers, Upton Avenue will be packed with vehicles Saturday as the annual Crossroads Car Show kicks off in a new location. The road will be closed between Chestnut and Higbee streets from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the eighth annual Great American Crossroads Celebration: a Family Festival. “I thought it’d be better to have the show downtown and to have people (visit) the businesses too,” said Crossroads Car Show organizer Paul Lewis. “Hopefully having (the car show) downtown will bring more people downtown.” The event officially begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Car owners can register their vehicle the day of the event and are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Reed City Ministerial Association Food Pantry, which the show supports monetarily every year. Event-goers also can bring donations for the pantry. “We want to give them money and food this year,” said organizer Paul Lewis. “We’re trying to help out the food pantry.” The car show has been held at various locations over the course of its eight-year history, most recently being on the Pere Marquette trail near the Reed City Depot. “Having the car show downtown has more appeal than spreading it across the trail,” said Reed City Manager Ron Marek. “And this gives us more room if the car show expands in the future.” The show has seen as many as 60 vehicles of all makes and models, but participation of car owners depends largely on the weather, Lewis said. “We’ve had motorcycles, pick-up trucks, jeeps. We don’t limit it to anything,” Lewis said. “We want to bring different vehicles for people to see that they couldn’t normally see (in one place).” Awards will be given around 2 p.m. for the best of show and other most popular cars. The road will re-open by 3 p.m. “We contacted all the business owners and they supported (the road closing),” Marek said. “They say they always are open to trying something new to bring business to downtown.”