By Christy Porter, Managing Editor
The annual Kingtown Cruise-In that began in memory of Danny Hebblethwaite was held Saturday, also now in memory of Dennis King, co-coordinator of the event which is in its sixth year.
Doug Hebblethwaite, son of Danny, and Dennis King, Danny’s nephew, began the event in tribute to Danny. It now continues in tribute to Dennis also, after his passing earlier this year. Jason King, son of Dennis King, and Doug co-coordinated the cruise-in with help from loved ones, family and friends. Several of Dennis’ family members were present.
Parked in the usual place, a fond remembrance, were Dennis King’s 1965, 1966 and 1969 Chevrolet Chevelles.
“I am really grateful that so many of Dad’s friends came. They shared mementos and gifts, which was very heartwarming,” said Jason.
Coming and going, the 58 classic cars and trucks, 20 motorcycles and 10 side-by-sides were enjoyed not only at the cruise-in but also by those who saw them in transit to and from. Some were seen later in the Licking Rodeo parade down Main Street.
With approximately 400 people attending the event, even the young had their favorite classics picked out. Ray Clayton decided that the Studebaker was his favorite and his sister, Olivia Clayton, chose the red Corvette.
Photos by Christy Porter
“We had a real good turn-out this year and appreciated everyone coming,” shared Doug.
Stevie’s Small Town Karaoke/DJ again provided classic rock, with Stephen Gale and Tommy Gale keeping the hits rolling.
All attendees were treated to a free cookout with 50 pounds of fish, 150 hotdogs and 250 hamburgers consumed over the day. Eileen Wagner, Dennis’ significant other, and Melissa Rigsby, Dennis’s daughter, were kept busy at the grill, taking time to reminiscence with visitors about Dennis and his love of the classic cars.