BURRILLVILLE – It’s the end of April, and that means we are entering the very popular car shows and cruise nights season here in Rhode Island and across New England.
In fact, A&W cruise nights in Smithfield, on Route 44, began on Tuesday, April 18 and are hosted every week until the end of September. Bass Pro Shop bi-weekly Thursday cruise nights began on April 20, and is one of the largest automotive events in the region until the end of October each year. This venue attracts thousands of classic cars and trucks, muscle cars, hot rods, specialty vehicles, street rods, rat rods and motorcycles from as far away as New York State and New Jersey. Thousands of kids and families attend as spectators every other Thursday all summer long especially after schools get out for summer vacation until the middle of September.
Other area car shows and cruise nights include Frederickson Farms every Wednesday, Mc Donald’s Friday cruise nights in Cumberland, Beef Barn cruise nights in North Smithfield every Tuesday night starting May, 30, and the very popular Tri-State Cruisers Classic Car Club Saturday car show and cruise night located over the Rhode Island border in Pomfret, Conn. These are just a handful of weekly car shows and cruise nights taking place across Rhode Island and New England.
This Sunday’s feature is a Buckleupallofus Child Passenger Safety coloring cartoon, not only promoting vehicle safety, but also promotes taking kids to car shows all summer. It’s very important to engage kids with our American classic cars and trucks cultures, hobbies and lifestyle to help try and keep these popular automotive events on track for generations down the road. Over the coming weeks, we will be featuring many car show and cruise night coloring cartoons with Buckleupallofus vehicle safety and traffic safety messages for kids and families to enjoy and also be reminded about their safety.
Please try to take a kid to a car show this season. It’s fun and exciting for kids.
Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades.