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Go back in time with Main Street Cruz

| June 19, 2014

COSHOCTON – What started out as a trip down memory lane between friends has become an event for the whole community to enjoy.

“I asked my girlfriends if they wanted to cruise Main Street like we used to,” said Holly Harrah, who graduated from River View High School in 1978 and is the coordinator of the Main Street Cruz. “They said, ‘Sure we’d love to,’ and it ended up turning into a benefit for the community.”

The third annual Main Street Cruz will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 21, on the courthouse square in downtown Coshocton.

“Back in the 70s it used to take two hours to get up and down Main Street,” Harrah said. “It took at least an hour to go up the street and then you’d turn around at the library and come back down. It was the placed to be seen.”

The Main Street Cruz will give people a chance to reminisce about high school and the way Main Street used to be while enjoying food, games, oldies music and cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s. There also will be a competition between River View, Coshocton and Ridgewood graduates to see which school can collect the most canned goods.

“River View has won the competition hands down the last two years,” Harrah said. “I put a big challenge out there to Coshocton and Ridgewood. Beating River View is going to be a challenge though.”

The donated food will be divided between local food banks at Shepherd’s Christian Assembly and New Life Ministries.

“We filled one bed of a pickup truck with what we collected (at the event last year),” Harrah said. “That’s quite a bit of food. Every year our collection gets bigger and bigger.

The evening also will feature a 50/50 drawing and t-shirts for sale.

“A girlfriend of mine is designing the t-shirts and they look pretty cool,” Harrah said.

Local artists and crafters and high school booster clubs are invited to setup booths. Harrah also welcomes more food vendors as long as they have a vendors’ license.

“This is a nice safe family event,” Harrah said. “It’s good, clean fun like we used to have in high school.”

Most of the people who attend graduated in the 50s, 60s, or 70s, but the Main Street Cruz is really open to anyone.

“If you didn’t cruise in high school come learn how to cruise,” Harrah said. “You also don’t have to have a classic car to come. As long as it had gas in it and the doors opened we’d cruise in it.”

Anyone who has questions about the Main Street Cruz or wants more information on setting up a booth can contact Harrah at 614-301-9473, [email protected] or by looking up Main Street Cruz on Facebook.

“There is no charge to setup,” Harrah said. “I’m all about promoting the community.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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