Downtown car show and restaurant crawl combine for April 20 event

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Main Street Crestview Association President Ellis Conner, left, and Spanish Trail Cruisers President Mike Turman request city council support for the April 20 Average Joe Car Show, which this year will be coupled with Main Street's Taste of Crestview restaurant crawl.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 06:56 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Two downtown events have combined into a feast for the eye and the palate.

The Spanish Trail Cruisers have teamed up with the Main Street Crestview Association to add the Taste of Crestview restaurant crawl to the annual Average Joe Car Show on April 20.

Mike Turman and Ellis Conner, presidents of the car club and the Main Street association, respectively, announced the collaboration at Monday's city council meeting.

Turman requested the city's assistance to close Main Street for the event, provide portable restrooms, barricades for side streets and security by the Crestview Police Department. The council unanimously approved the club's request.

Some 100 vintage vehicles from throughout the Southeast appear at the event, drawing thousands of spectators. The Cruisers traditionally pour the proceeds from car show registrations into the community, a favorite charity being the local food bank.

"They do a lot of charitable things for our city, including taking care of our very needed Sharing and Caring," Councilman Charles Baugh Jr., a Spanish Trail Cruisers honorary member, said. "I'm looking forward to it, especially if it is as big an event as I think it's going to be."

Considering past Taste of Crestview events' popularity made the collaboration an easy decision, Conner said.

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