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Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 1:30 pm | Updated: 6:56 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

Excitement is mounting for the June 29 Cruise Night in Downtown Pacific — and two historic restored trucks are scheduled to make special appearances, according to Adam Krauss, event chair.

Starting with more trophies for antique vehicles and ending with the city fireworks display shot from the bluff at Blackburn Park, this year’s Cruise Night is expected to attract large crowds.

“Carol Johnson arranged to shoot the city fireworks display from the bluff to close the show and we’re very happy about that,” Krauss said.

Dave Clapper, Show Me Auto Body, also has arranged for a pair of historic restored trucks to be on display at his shop, 118 W. Union St., for the event.

The two uniquely restored vehicles, the Dream Truck and Pearl Mountain, are part of the George Barris, King of the Kustomers collection.

The Ridge Rodders, the host car club for the 2013 event, will register vehicles beginning at 11 a.m. Jim Kemp is Ridge Rodders president.

Vehicles will register on North Columbus at St. Louis Street from noon to 3 p.m. Dash plaques will be presented to the first 200 vehicles.

Action Riders, a fund-raising motorcycle group, chaired by Pat Smiley will provide motorcycles for display.

Antique vehicle buffs can expect to see the best collection of antique vehicles in the 10-year history of the Pacific Cruise Night, organizers say.

The judging and awards presentation will take place between 3 and 5 p.m. with 20 classes of trophies offered and each vehicle has two chances to win.

Brian Knight will emcee the entire event, including the trophy presentations.

The festival, which is held annually in early summer, attracts thousands to the downtown streets. The city will close off portions of First, Second, St. Louis and Union streets to through traffic for the event.

The first downtown cruise night took place 11 years ago and has been the most successful of the city’s outdoor festivals. The Pacific Partnership hosts the event.

The traditional vendor midway will fill Second Street with booths offering food and souvenirs.

Live music performances also are planned. Activities will conclude at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks show.

This year, a committee of judges with professional ties to the auto restoration field will judge Dodge, Ford and GM cars and trucks to select best paint, best motor, interior, best interior and best custom restoration. Dave Clapper is committee chair.

There also will be a people’s choice, best of class and best of show trophies. Classes will include pre-50s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Additionally, motorcycles will be judged and four trophies will be awarded for stock, people’s choice, custom and best of show.

The 2013 committee, which took on the duties of attracting participating vehicles as well as booking entertainment, assigning booth space and organizing services such as portable restroom facilities and trash pickup.

In addition to the chairman, members of the Cruise Night 2013 committee are Loyd Harris, Floyd Blake, Stephen Flannery III, Ron Sansone, Mike Bagwell Jr., Bill McLaren and Brenda Wiesehan.

For more information about the event, people may contact Adam Krauss, Cruise Night chair, 314-662-6718.

For vendor information, contact April Aubuchon, 314-852-8949.

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