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Twenty-two years ago, Kearney Cruise Nite began as a one-day car show that attracted about 75 to 100 cars. Since then, it has grown into one of the largest car event in Nebraska that spans four days. Thousands of cars and even more spectators descend upon Kearney each year to what was named Nebraska’s “Outstanding Event of 2008.”

This year Cruise Nite will take place from July 16th through July 19th. It all kicks off on Thursday, July 16th, with a BBQ and Show & Shine at Midway Chevrolet, followed by a Buddy Holly tribute at Merryman Performing Arts Center.

Friday brings another BBQ and Show & Shine at the Great Platte River Road Archway, a car stereo competition, and a classic and collectible car auction.

Saturday is the main event, with the Show & Shine in downtown Kearney, featuring live bands at MONA throughout the day. At 5 p.m. is the Cruise Nite Parade. New Life Assembly will provide kids games and inflatables available from 7 to 9, and an outdoor family movie night from 9 to midnight. Also, from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Kearney Raceway Park will host Street Grudge Racing.

Finally, Sunday will see drag race time trials and eliminations at Kearney Raceway Park from 8 a.m. until late in the evening.

Of course, those who have been to Kearney Cruise Nite in the past know you can also enjoy the thousands of people and cars who spend Saturday evening just hanging out and cruising all over Kearney.

Kearney Cruise Nite brings people from all over the midwest, and this year they are offering online registration here on Motortopia for Saturday’s Show & Shine to help streamline Saturday morning’s registration process. Plus, pre-registering online will save you $5!

We’ve seen a lot of Motortopians at Cruise Nite in the past. So, if you are planning on participating in Kearney Cruise Nite this year, make sure you register online now. And, we’ll see you in Kearney!

(Click here to register online or to see the full schedule for Cruise Nite.)