It was as if Downtown Salina went back in time Thursday night. The streets came alive with loud music and engines roaring as cruisers took over Santa Fe.
Thousands of people lined Downtown Salina to be a part of the official opening event of the 2017 Leadsled Spectacular Car Show, the “Sunset Cruise”down Santa Fe.
Rocking M Media Radio Station FM 104.9 provided a soundtrack of classic car tunes, with DJ Clarke Sanders broadcasting live on the radio from the sidewalk and news director Todd Pittenger broadcasting live from one of the lead cars in the cruise.
A surprise guest in the cruise was Hollywood star Butch Patrick. Patrick, who starred as Eddie Munster in “The Munsters”, was driving his “Munster Coach”, a replica of the family car in the hit TV series.
Friday is the first full day of the wildly popular three day car show in Oakdale Park, where visitors will be treated to over 2,000 classic car entries. Along with the cars, there will be booths, concessions, and entertainment throughout the park.
Friday night many of the cars will drag race at the East Crawford Recreation Area.
Saturday night there is a “One Night With Elvis” concert at the Stiefel Theatre, featuring tributes to both Elvis and Roy Orbison.
The Ol’School Vintage Marketplace, which will be held inside two of the air-conditioned the buildings at the Saline County Expo Center, is back this year. It features vintage, original, re-purposed, retro home goods. Things like cowboy/western, Victorian, mid century modern furniture and decor, vintage boutique dress apparel, jewelry, watches, colored bathtubs, sinks, stools, stoves, fridges, home interior and exterior architectural salvage, windows, trim, fencing, patio furniture, and more. Anything “old, used, or kool” is welcome at the marketplace. There is still room for vendors, with a 10′ x 10′ booth costing $40.00.
Patrick will have his “Munster Coach” at the car show, and also his “Drag-u-la” coffin racer.
Joining Patrick will be Gunilla Hutton, billed as “America’s most famous TV nurse”. Hutton starred in “Hee Haw” and in “Petticoat Junction”.