Dublin Villager

Center's gathering to showcase cars, shop goods

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The Shoppes at River Ridge are calling all cars for their second annual cruise-in.

The Aug. 18 event will work to raise money for charity and some awareness for the stores at the shopping center on the southeast corner of Riverside Drive and state Route 161.

The first cruise-in was held in the fall last year and saw rainy weather. About 60 cars showed for the inaugural event, but organizer Stacey Mustard is hoping to grow the event this year.

"We're hoping this year will be even bigger," she said. "We're hoping to get something like the Arthritis Foundation car show."

Shaun Sanders, of C-Town Cruisers, also is helping to organize the event, and said last year's version drew cars of all kinds.

"We had a little bit of everything," he said. "We had retro rods, old Corvettes (and) and an older pink Thunderbird."

Registration for the show is $10 and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with awards slated for 4 p.m. All kinds of cars and motorcycles are invited to compete for best of show awards.

"We'll have at least 50 trophies," Sanders said. "They'll all be four-foot trophies ... This year, all trophies will be the same and all say 'Best of Show.' "

Raffles and door prizes also will be up for grabs and will work to showcase the Shoppes at River Ridge, said Mustard, who owns Polished Hair and Nails.

"There are door prizes and a raffle and it has to do with the plaza," she said. "We have music and also some food from some of the restaurants there ... It's a casual event."

"Come out and enjoy the cars," Sanders said. "We want to get people out to the shops and help them make some money to stay open. Hopefully, if we do well enough, we'll have a third (cruise-in) and a fourth one."

Proceeds from the event will benefit a few local groups.

"Some of the proceeds we'll give to the Franklin County Animal Shelter," said Sanders, who also organizes the Going to the Dogs show in Reynoldsburg to benefit the same group.

For more information on the event, visit theshoppesatriverridgedublin.com/2013-cruise-in.

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