Organizers for the annual Cruise the Ville again proved that there's always room for growth.

Organizers for the annual Cruise the Ville again proved that there's always room for growth.

In its sixth year, the car cruise was expanded to include a hog roast, food tent and an extra night of events. The cruise, sponsored by the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 22 and 23, attracted more classic cars and patrons than in previous years.

"The main event was better than ever," said cruise Chairwoman Brenda Pinnell.

The event brought 273 cars to Whetstone Park, along with more than 2,000 patrons. Through the event, the chamber raised $1,210 to be donated to the 10TV Family Fund.

On Aug. 22, 17 cars and 100 people ventured to Studio 35 for games, prizes and a showing of "Grease."

"(Studio 35) was thrilled with the turnout. They'd love to have it again," Pinnell said, adding that organizers, too, would like to see the event repeated for next year's cruise.

Pinnell said the additional night at Cruise the Ville was a demonstration of the chamber's goal: to engage community members with local businesses.

As for the cruise's main event on Saturday, Pinnell said patrons raved about the hog roast and grilling demonstrations put on by Weiland's Gourmet Market, and she said she'd like to see those events return as well.

What gained the most compliments Saturday, Pinnell said, was the performance by the Bill Foley Band.

"After six years, we know we need a band, and we know they need to play '50s and '60s music," she said.

Pinnell said she believes the addition of a shuttle bus from the parking lots to the park also helped to grow the crowds, and she said she anticipates that the shuttle will continue to help Cruise the Ville grow.

"The shuttle man didn't stop all day," Pinnell said. "Once people get used to the idea that we have a shuttle, we'll get even more."

As for next year, Pinnell said she expects even more additions to the car cruise.

"You have to build and grow an event, or it gets stale and people don't want to come," Pinnell said.

The cruise organizers will have their wrap-up meeting in three weeks, after which time Pinnell said they'll begin work on next year's event.

For Pinnell, however, she said the planning began right away.

"I did take Sunday off," Pinnell said. "(Monday) morning when I woke up, I was already thinking of what we could do."

jnesbitt@thisweeknews.com