Cruise Nite Back for its 29th Year

June 28th, 2016 by

Cruise NiteThe Annual Cruise Nite celebrations presented by the Central Nebraska Auto Club will be back in Kearney beginning Wednesday, July 13 and running through Sunday, July 17.

The event began in 1987 with a car show followed by a dance. Volunteers gradually added more events which has lead to the five day festival we celebrate today.

Thursday, July 14, Midway Auto Outlet will be hosting a Kick-Off Show & Shine from 5:00-7:30 with oldies music, food and drinks available.We invite you to bring your car down or just stop by to enjoy the celebration.

In 2015, Midway had a record turnout with over 100 cars on display. No registration is needed, but all cars that would like to participate should show up at 4:00pm.

The funds generated from sponsorships and entry fees go towards helping plan the following years Cruise Nite and the rest is given to local non-profits and charities such as the United Way, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Make A Wish and more. Last year over $8,500 was donated to local area chapters. There was also support given in the way of scholarships for students going into auto mechanics or auto body repair. For more information and full details on all events, visit: or

Wednesday, July 13
4-7pm Picnic-style meal in Old Town Kearney, Knights of Columbus Hall

6-9pm Classic Car Tour of area assisted living & nursing homes

Thursday, July 14
5-7:30pm Kick-Off Show & Shine, Midway Auto Outlet

8-10pm Bill Haley Jr. & The Comets, Merryman Performing Arts Center

Friday, July 15
3-8pm Rocky Mountain Drag Week Finals, Kearney Raceway Park

5-7:30pm Get-Together Show & Shine, The Archway

7-10:30pm Classic & Collectible Car Auction, Expo Building Buffalo County Fairgrounds

Saturday, July 16
8am-Noon Registration for Show & Shine, The Bricks

8:30am-Noon Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby, Big Apple Fun Center

Noon-4pm Show & Shine, The Bricks

10am-4pm Eagle Riders Bike Show, Eagles Club

Noon-10pm “Carstock” numerous live bands, MONA

1-5pm BMX Triple Point GOld Cup Qualifier Race, Tri-City BMX Track

5-6:30pm Cruise Nite Parade, The Bricks

7-9:30pm Burnout Contest, Grahm Tire

4-11pm NAPA Quick Race & Street Grudge Racing, Kearney Raceway Park

Sunday, July 17
7:30am-5pm NHRA Drag Races, Kearney Raceway Park

10am-5pm Breakfast ans Lunch hosted by 1848 Venture Club, Classic Car Collection

2:30-5pm Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby, Classic Car collection Parking Lot