Cruise marks 30th anniversary

Americans love their cars.

For just about anyone who lives in Iowa, a progression of vehicles is part of their life story. For some of us, the memories of times spent traversing hometowns and nearby venues in cars that are now part of automotive history are among the more treasured recollections of our youth.

Cruise in the Woods started out as a small gathering of friends who got together to enjoy a drive through Briggs Woods in Webster City in older cars they loved. That modest beginning grew over the years into an annual gathering of classic car fans that attracted 800 to 1,500 cars and participants from not only Iowa, but also nearby states.

Last week, Cruise in the Woods marked its 30th anniversary with a celebratory three-day gathering that included events at the Webster County Fairgrounds, the Humboldt Drag Strip and downtown Fort Dodge as well as drives through various area locales.

Cruise in the Woods has become a grand local tradition. The Messenger congratulates the organizers on a remarkable three decades. We are already looking forward to next year’s Cruise and hope this gathering will remain vibrant for generations to come.