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Cruisin’ Grand starts six month festival Friday

This Friday night get ready to celebrate the great American art form: the muscle car.  Cruisin’ Grand 2018 will bust out of the starting gate with Willys Night and the Good Guys. This is the 19th year for the event.

Cruisin’ Grand will return April 6, 5 p.m.–9 p.m. (although the streets are closed off by 4 p.m.) with the side streets blocked between Ivy and Orange, although the seven blocks of fun happen between Juniper and Maple.

About 800 cars from the Del Mar Good Guys will be driving from Del Mar on Friday afternoon along Via De La Valle to take part in the Escondido event—something they do each year.

There will be three bands on opening night, at Maple, Kalmia and the Gazebo at Juniper and a DJ at Broadway. A hula-hoop contest will happen adjacent to the DJ around 6:30 p.m.

Rorie Johnston, CEO of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, commented, “Each Summer, businesses on Grand Avenue have a unique opportunity to be part of an amazing event that brings new people to the core of our city. Where else in San Diego can you go to see classic cars and explore an historic downtown? Many businesses will prosper from the influx of enthusiast who will be enjoying Friday nights in Escondido.”

Alex MacLachlan, president of the Escondido Downtown Business Association hailed the arrival of the event.  “There’s nothing like a successful community event to enliven a city and bring anticipatory excitement to its fans.”

He said, “Cruisin’ Grand 2018 is almost here and the buzz has been noticeable downtown, since the turn of the calendar brought on the first Downtown Business Association merchant meetings of the year. Not only do downtown business owners on the west end of Grand avenue wonder aloud how they can get the event to expand onto their block, business owners from other parts of the city are trying to find a way just to be part of this unique experience for 6 months of Fridays.”

MacLachlan added, “I can almost taste the best kettle corn around and look forward to seeing all the happy faces on opening night.  Good luck to Steve Waldron for another successful year, and thank you for what you’ve done for Escondido.”

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