Lo-Life Cruisin’ rolls into the James E. Ward Agricultural Center this weekend.
Charlie Cobble, promoter of the event known as Slammin’ & Jammin’ show which spanned 16 years, is the man behind Lo-Life Cruisin’ as well. Cobble told The Wilson Post in April that the show has been a cooperation of the National Street Rod Association, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association and the Vintage Street Rodders of America – and that he was pleased with what each organization could bring to the table, so-to-speak.
“The show is getting taken up a notch,” he said.
Gates to the show will open on Friday at 8 a.m. Judging will be from noon until 5 p.m. that day. Folks who are interested in signing up for one of the show’s Saturday competitions should do so on Friday. These contests include a bikini contest, pin-up contest, burnout contest, neon contest and “lowest of the low” contest.
The show will run through the weekend and close at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. For a full list of contest times, go to www.lo-lifecruisin.com.
In past years, the Slammin’ & Jammin’ Car Show had a reputation for turning Lebanon into a party city. However, local law enforcement is hopeful that things have changed this time around.
“We don’t know what to expect yet since it is the first year back,” said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen. “We always want people to come and visit our town, but before they tried to turn it into Mardi Gras. I would get so many calls and emails where people would be embarrassed to ride through town, afraid of what their children might see.
“We have events like the Wilson County Fair, which brings in over 600,000 people – and with that we very rarely have a problem. We like to see our hotels be full and for people to visit, but we want them to act appropriately.”
Bowen said they have arranged to double their staff of officers on the road on Friday and Saturday using grant money from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
“We will mainly be looking for people not wearing their seatbelts and impaired drivers,” he said. “In the summertime we see DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charges pick up.”
It remains to be seen just how much impact the car show will have economically on the city and county. Hampton Inn & Suites Sales Manager Sheila Music said their hotel is staying busy this weekend, but not from Lo-Life Cruisin’ guests.
“We have three schools here for soccer tournaments. They have booked half of our rooms and those were booked months ago,” she said. “We haven’t had a big call-in for the car show.”
Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.