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17. Cruising classics

The Medford Cruise is a Southern Oregon tradition, and this year’s 32nd annual edition will feature all the classic events locals remember from their younger days, including drift racing, drag racing, show ‘n shines and the signature cruise through downtown Medford.

This year’s event runs June 10-17, and proceeds will go to the Greater Medford Rotary Foundation, which redistributes the money to local youth organizations. The event has distributed more than $415,000 over the years.

Among the noteworthy events are a free concert in the park from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 16, in Fichtner-Mainwaring Park; the largest drift event in the Northwest, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at Jackson County Sports Park; a movie in the park; stoplight drags Friday, June 16; moonlight drags Saturday, June 17; and far too many happenings to fit them all here.

The main event, the Downtown Cruise for cars from 1979 and earlier, will traverse Medford’s streets from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 17. The main show ‘n’ shine will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also June 17, in Fichtner-Mainwaring Park, which is near the intersection of Holmes and Stewart avenues.

The full schedule of events can be found at www.medfordcruise.org.

Pete Baker of Redding polishes his '65 Malibu Chevelle SS during the Medford Cruise at Hawthorne Park. [Mail Tribune / file photo]