MT. VERNON — Dragging Broadway won’t be the only entertainment for out-of-town visitors to Mt. Vernon participating in the Street Nationals June 28.
While viewing the unique cars has always been a tradition in the city, Mt. Vernon Festivals, Inc. has expanded the event to include an After Hours party at Waterkotte Harley-Davidson.
“We really wanted to welcome the street machine cruisers to Mt. Vernon so why not host an event?” said Rachel Hunsell of the Mt. Vernon Convention & Visitors Bureau. “A lot of them stay in Mt. Vernon. We want them to cruise, have a fun event and get kids involved.”
The festivities begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 28, with food vendors; live entertainment; Kids Cruise where kids can bring their bicycles, tricycles or battery-powered vehicles; a Kids Zone and a backyard Barbecue Cookoff.
“The cookoff is for anyone (who) wants to test their barbecue skills,” Hunsell said.
Organized by Crystal Clear Pools & Spas, King City Meat Market and Waterkotte, the cookoff is open to anyone willing to test their skills barbequing seven slabs of ribs provided by the festival.
There is a $35 entry fee and cash prizes to the top three people’s choice votes. Those interested in tasting and voting can purchase $5 tickets at the tourism office, Crystal Clear Pools & Spas and Waterkotte Harley-Davidson, where raffle tickets may also be purchased.
The raffle winner will receive a Little Tex Elite Traeger grill, valued at $1,000. Two $500 gift certificates from the King City Meat Mart — which will open soon in Mt. Vernon — and one $100 gift certificate from Crystal Clear Pools & Spas will also be awarded.
All proceeds from the raffle will go to Jefferson County Relay for Life.
“The street machines bring so much to the whole region and bring a unique event to Southern Illinois. Mt. Vernon welcomes them to stay and cruise. We’re glad to have them,” Hunsell said.
As in past years, there is expected to be a heavy police presence in town that weekend, especially on Saturday night.
“Like in the past, we welcome the cruisers. If everybody is respectful and abides by the rules of the city, it will be a great night,” Hunsell said.