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'Last Cruise' Planned for Saturday in State College, Boalsburg

by on July 28, 2012 6:30 AM

The Last Cruise is here.

The 27th annual event will be held on Saturday in Boalsburg and State College.

Proceeds from the Last Cruise will go to the Centre County Youth Service Bureau. According to YSB CEO Andrea Boyles, it's one of the most popular fundraising events of the year.

"We really have something for everyone," Boyles said. "For car lovers, we've got the cars on display. If cars aren't your thing, there are a lot of family-friendly events."

The day starts at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., those who have cars and motorcycles to display will be able to get them registered. From 1 to 3 p.m., judging will take place. Awards will follow at 4 p.m.

All afternoon, there will be a safe place kids zone featuring a bounce house, dunk tank, crafts and face painting.

The only cost will be a $5 parking donation to enter the grounds.

"It's a very economical day for families," Boyles explained. "There will plenty of events for the kids. We've added the dunk tank this year and we're hoping to have some special celebrities to dunk."

According to Boyles, the kids zone has gotten bigger — and better.

"We've expanded it and we've added some car-themed events. Kids will be able to decorate their own car and take it home. They'll also be able to race some small cars," Boyles said.

For the adults, there will be car games, seminars on auto detailing, upholstery and soldering. There will also be raffles, food and discounted visits to the Pennsylvania Military Museum.

At 6 p.m., the cars and motorcycles will depart the grounds to cruise around Beaver and College Avenues in downtown State College. The cruise is expected to last until 8 p.m.

Also at 6 p.m., the Best of the Best show will be held on Allen Street. The Best of the Best is expected to last until 9 p.m.

"That's a great chance for car lovers to really look at the best cars in the show," Boyles said.

Boyles is hoping that The Last Cruise will raise around $20,000 for YSB.

"It's not our biggest fundraiser in terms of money, but it's one of our biggest as far as numbers of people who can get out and enjoy the day," she said.



Chris Morelli is the managing editor of The Centre County Gazette.
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