Davison car cruise returns Friday

A look at last year’s opening night Cruisin’ Flag City on Main Street in downtown Davison. File photo

A look at last year’s opening night Cruisin’ Flag City on Main Street in downtown Davison. File photo

DAVISON — Classic cars will return to Main Street in downtown Davison starting July 10 as the Friday night Cruisin’ Flag City Car Cruises resume after a delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cars will be back on the streets from 6-8 p.m. Friday nights through Sept. 4.

Organized and operated by the Davison Downtown Development Authority, the annual car cruise, which usually starts in May, was held up this year waiting for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to give clarification on restrictions and activities.

Participants are urged not to begin parking downtown until 5:30 p.m.

Jessica Abraham, the DDA event coordinator, said the biggest change to this year’s event is it has a new sponsoring car dealership.

After so many years of Jim Waldron Buick-GMC and then Todd Wenzel Buick GMC serving as sponsors, Abraham said this year Hank Graff Chevrolet with be the official sponsor of the car cruise.

“Due to COVID-19 this year, we did not request sponsorships from other businesses,” she said. “There are no financial requirements. The DDA is funding the event, but we’re asking for gift cards and we’ll be featuring every business in the DDA district on our t-shirts and dash cards.”

Hilton Screeners is partnering with the DDA this year for shirts and the shirts can be ordered from Hilton Screeners and picked up at the first cruise. To find out how to order a t-shirt call 810-653-0711.

Hilton Screeners will partner with Dougie’s Coffee Shop in Davison to offer a Customer Appreciation Night at Friday’s cruise.

Abraham said the car cruise will have the same DJ as last year, but they will be auditioning singers fro the national anthem at the event.

She said there have been calls made for food trucks but a schedule for which trucks will be there is not known yet. As always, the Davison Odd Fellows will be slinging hot dogs and brats at the event. All food vendors will be at Second Street and Main Street in front of Elixir Clothing.

Brokerage Real Estate, Hansen Funeral Home and Main Street Family Salon all gave sponsorship as they typically would to help fund the event, said Abraham. Other businesses have contributed gift cards for awards to the winners of the weekly cruise and she said there will be a Shop Local Award offered.

The Shop Local Award is open to anybody on Main Street who shops downtown during the cruise and presents a receipt from a purchase, meal or service made during the cruise that evening. Present the receipt at the information table to be entered in a drawing for gift cards to Main Street businesses.

Abraham, who also serves on the Davison City Council, said this is her first year coordinating the event, but she said she and her family have been long-time attendees of the Davison cruise night.

“We’ve been a car cruise family since we moved to Davison. We’ve always gone down there since we’ve been living in the city,” she said. “I don’t feel any different this year. We’re anticipating a smaller crowd. The cruising generation is little more cautious.”

She said there will be face masks available at the information table the night of the cruise and the DDA urges people to use their best judgement as far as social distancing and precautions are concerned.”

There will not be a cruise held the nights of Aug. 14, for the Back to the Bricks Rolling Cruise event, and Sept. 11 for the Frankenmuth car show, said Abraham.