Vintage and prized cars, trucks and motorcycles of all makes and models are expected to descend on Olde Pickerington Village next week to raise awareness of mental health and substance abuse issues in the community.

Vintage and prized cars, trucks and motorcycles of all makes and models are expected to descend on Olde Pickerington Village next week to raise awareness of mental health and substance abuse issues in the community.

On June 5, a portion of West Columbus Street in Olde Pickerington will be closed for the 14th annual Cruisin' to the Shoppe Hop.

The event, which last year brought in approximately 115 cars, trucks and motorcycles -- many of the classic variety -- once again will seek to bolster festivities and businesses downtown, while also helping to educate people about mental illness and substance abuse.

"These issues affect everyone either directly or indirectly," said Nadie Carroll, executive assistant of the Fairfield County ADAMH Board. "Whether someone is receiving services for depression or bipolar or whether it is a prevention program in the schools, no one is immune to these issues.

"These are truly 'brain disorders' and need to be viewed as serious health problems, just like cancer or heart disease," she said. "No one wakes up in the morning and chooses to be severely depressed or chooses to become an alcoholic or drug addict."

In an effort to address these issues, the county's ADAMH Board has been sponsoring the cruise-in since 2005.

This year's event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. West Columbus Street will be closed between Center Street and Hill Road, which will allow cruise-in participants to park their rides along the roadway.

The cost to participate is $10 per vehicle. Vehicle registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with the first 75 entrants receiving dash plaques and commemorative T-shirts.

Proceeds from the registrations will go to Pickerington Teen Screen, which seeks to identify and provide treatment to students in the Pickerington Local School District with mental health and substance abuse issues. Money generated from a 50/50 drawing also will go to help those with mental health and substance abuse issues in Fairfield County.

"Untreated depression leading to suicide is the second-largest cause of death of 15- to 24-year-olds," Carroll said. "This is the purpose of the Teen Screen program that is in the Pickerington schools right now. Proceeds from this cruise-in help support this program and raise awareness of its importance. This program screens adolescents on a number of factors and if they meet criteria, they are referred for treatment and sometimes crisis intervention."

In past years, approximately 50 awards have been given during the event in a variety of categories.

Spectators hoping to take in the sights can do so free of charge. Olde Pickerington shops also will stay open throughout the evening.

"It's free to the public to come and look at the cars," said Deblin Jennings, owner of Deblin Design in Olde Pickerington and coordinator of the cruise-in for nearly a decade. "It's a great family event because you're going to see cars your kids just haven't seen. We will have food available and we do have a deejay."

The master of ceremonies for this year's cruise-in once again will be Michael Ashton, clinical director of New Horizons Youth and Family Center. He's also known as DJ Stan, the Man with the Plan.

"What better place to show off your vehicle than in the historic Olde Pickerington Village," Jennings said. "It's literally like stepping back in time."

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