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Cruise DL Night brings over 275 vehicles

Desiree Bauer / Tribune Intern Some cruisers had personalized license plates, like 'HELLRZR' here. 1 / 6
Desiree Bauer / Tribune Intern Bill Marcil's 1948 Chrysler 'Woody.'2 / 6
Desiree Bauer / Tribune Intern Over 275 cruisers came to the first Cruise DL Night.3 / 6
Desiree Bauer / Tribune Intern The neon green paint on this Chevrolet stood out among the cruisers. 4 / 6
Desiree Bauer / Tribune Intern There were two Volkswagen vans that came to the cruise night.5 / 6
Desiree Bauer / Tribune Intern Some car owners accessorized their vehicles. 6 / 6

The first Cruise DL Night of the summer was big.

Really big.

Within an hour of the event starting Wednesday evening, June 12, the quarter mile stretch along the beach on West Lake Drive was packed beyond full with an array of cruisers and spectators.

By the end of the night, more than 275 classic cruisers had parked somewhere along the beach.

Wandering through the sea of people and vehicles was Jerry Schwoboda, a native of the lakes area.

"I've been here almost since the start, and I've never seen this many cars," he said.

As cruisers continued to show up well past 5 p.m., volunteers had to create a new parking area. The grass along the beach and part of Minnesota Avenue began to fill up almost as fast as the street did.

This large turnout may be because this is one of the first car-type shows of the summer. The night is organized by Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce with support from area sponsors.

Zorbaz, the Ice Cream Truck and Lakeside Tavern were all kept busy as cruiser owners and onlookers stopped by for food, drink or a treat. Others chose to bring their own lawn chairs and snacks and set up shop where they pleased.

Pete and Jody Tholm, second-year drivers for the cruise night, wanted to take a look at the other cars before they sat down anywhere. They came from Fergus Falls, noting that they had to leave work early to get to Detroit Lakes, but it was worth it.

"It's just something to do on a weeknight," Pete said. "We do it just for fun."

The next opportunity to see the beach packed with cruisers is July 10. Cruise DL Nights continue on the second Wednesday of every month through September from 4 to 8:30 p.m.

Desiree Bauer

Desiree's family moved back to Frazee, where her parents grew up themselves, in 2009. She graduated from Frazee High School in 2016 and Southwest Minnesota State University in 2019. Done with college and into the 'adult' world, Desiree is eager to get into the writing and editing field, starting with this internship at the Detroit Lakes Newspapers.