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W HAT ’ S H APPENING
The deadline for What’s Happening items is 5 p.m. Fri-
day. Call Cheryl at the Eagle, 541-575-0710.
SATURDAY, AUG. 1
20th annual Kruzers car show
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Prairie City
The 20th annual Grant County Kruzers car show, a
display of classic vehicles from throughout Grant Coun-
ty and beyond, rolls into Prairie City. Registration is
from 9-11 a.m., and a poker walk with participating
city merchants will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Prizes will
be awarded at 3 p.m., in such classes as best of show,
special interest, 1980 and newer, teen-owned, farthest
traveled, and several time period categories. There will
also be a special 20th anniversary grand prize drawing,
and oldies music playing all day to keep everyone in a
“classic” mood. Registration is $20 per car, which in-
cludes a goodie bag, dash plaque and poker walk entry.
Breakfast will be served by the Prairie City School FFA,
and lunch by the PC girls basketball team. Call 541-542-
2525 or 541-820-3745, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or
SUNDAY, AUG. 2
Cinnabar Mountain Playday
• 9 a.m., Grant County Fairgrounds, John Day
This is the fourth playday of the season. Registration is at
9 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 10 a.m. Events include barrel
racing, pole bending, goat tying, dummy roping, keyhole,
flag race and figure 8. Membership cost is $30 a person or
$45 per family. Entry fees are $2 per event or $10 for the day.
For more information call 541-571-8591 or 541-620-4158,
email email@example.com, or visit Cinnabar Mountain
Playdays on Facebook.
Worship in the park
• 5:30 p.m., Sproul Park, Canyon City
The Ministerial Association will host “worship in the
park,” with music by The Joint Heirs. The concert is free and
all are welcome.
TUESDAY, AUG. 4
Time to cut the relish
• 7 a.m., Grant County Fairgrounds, John Day
Members of Ellis Tracy American Legion and Auxiliary
will hold a relish-cutting gathering to prepare the vegetables
for relish for the county fair burgers. Anyone interested in
helping is welcome. Call Art Pereira, 541-575-1841.
WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 5-8
Grant County Fair
• Fairgrounds, John Day
The theme for the 106th county fair is “Blue Jeans
and Country Dreams.” Highlighted acts include Brady
Goss Band, Magic with Hart, Blue Mountain Old Time
Fiddlers and The Saddle Boyz. Other returning activities
include the trike races, watermelon seed spitting contest,
talent search, as well as the pavilion exhibits. And yes,
there is a carnival again this year. The Kids parade is at 1
p.m. Friday, and the main parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday,
with grand marshals Marge and Art Walton of Prairie
City. Fair Queen is Reitta Wyllie. Admission to the fair
is free for everyone on Wednesday, and free every day
for seniors 65 and older, and children 5 and under. Daily
admission is $5, or $10 for the entire fair. Call the fair
office, 541-575-1900, for more information.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 7-8
• 7-9 p.m., Fairgrounds arena, John Day
Professional competitors will be kicking up the dirt as
they buck, ride and rope their way toward the winner’s
circle. Admission is $5 a person each day, plus a fair
pass. Call the fair office, 541-575-1900 for more infor-
SUNDAY, AUG. 9
• 10 a.m., Fairgrounds arena, John Day
Events include calf riding, steer riding, wooly bullies,
dummy roping, breakaway roping, pole bending, barrels,
goat tail undecorating, goal tail tying, goat tying and
stickhorse race. Deadline for entries is Sunday, Aug. 9.
For more information, call Simmie Waddell, 541-620-
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
20 years of chrome and dice
Kruzers car show
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Blue Mountain Eagle
PRAIRIE CITY – Is it
the tuck-and-roll upholstery?
The fuzzy dice? The ¿ns and
Chances are, the attraction
of vintage vehicles – both for
the owners and interested on-
lookers – tugs at something
deeper, such as the reminis-
cence of days gone by or a
particular memory or event.
Whatever the reason, own-
ers and spectators will meet
again for a step back in time at
the Grant County Kruzers 20th
annual car show Saturday, Aug.
1, in Prairie City’s city park.
The show itself runs from
9 a.m.-3 p.m., with the sched-
ule as follows:
• 9-11 a.m. – Check in and
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Poker
walk with city merchants.
• 2 p.m. – Turn in poker
hands and car show ballots.
• 3 p.m. – Prizes and an-
Prairie City School FFA
will offer breakfast from 7:30-
11:30 a.m. and the PC girls
basketball team will serve
lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Oldies music from the 50s,
60s and 70s will play through-
out the day, to keep everyone
in a rockin’ and rollin’ mood.
And yes, there are prizes
First of all, there will be
a special big prize drawing
in honor of the show’s 20th
year. Other trophies and gas
card prizes will be awarded in
several classes: best of show,
¿rst- and second-place in sev-
eral vintage year categories,
Eagle file photo
A shimmering showcase of vintage vehicles fills the park and nearby streets
in Prairie City during the 2014 Grant County Kruzers car show.
convertibles, trucks and util-
ity vehicles. Plus, additional
classes such as special inter-
est, 1980 and newer, teen-
owned, and farthest traveled.
Many entrants come from
Grant County, various loca-
tions throughout Oregon, and
some from nearby states. For
many years, a regular entrant
from Arizona won the far-
The prizes are all spon-
sored and supported by local
Registration fee is $20,
which includes a goodie bag,
dash plaque and poker walk
entry. There’s no admission to
just come and look, and enjoy
the oldies ambiance.
So how did this all start?
According to Kruzers
member Jennifer Barker, the
club and the car show began
simply enough when two
classic car owners, Leon-
ard Wolf and Joey Oatman,
moved to Prairie City from
Redmond and wanted to start
a car club here.
They called people they
knew who also had old vehi-
cles, and things accelerated
That was in 1996.
The ¿rst show was
co-sponsored by the Kruzers
and the Prairie City Mer-
chants Association. It was a
longer event, running well
into the evening and included
several contests: hot pepper,
50s retro costume and water-
melon eating. A poker walk,
oldies music, trophies and
prizes were also part of the
The number of entrants
over the years has averaged in
the 40-50 range. Last year’s
show drew 51 participants
and their vehicles, ¿lling Prai-
rie City’s park and surround-
From the beginning, the
show has always been held on
the ¿rst Saturday in August
and has always been in Prairie
According to Barker, peo-
ple who come to the car show
enjoy the ambiance and close-
ness of the town.
New club members are
always welcome to join. Kru-
zers meet at 6 p.m. the second
Monday of the month – ex-
cept for August and January
– to discuss car shows mem-
bers have attended and other
activities. Meetings are held
at various area restaurants.
The group also supports
automotive activities in high
school shop classes through-
out the county, and donates to
area grad nights too.
Kruzers also gather for a
members picnic in July.
Membership dues are $20
For more information
about the club or the car
show, call 541-542-2525 or
541-820-3745, or email gck-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the
Grant County Kruzers on
Facebook and online at www.
Work forces temporary road closure
Blue Mountain Eagle
Work on a county radio tower re-
placement near the Dixie Butte lookout
will force a temporary intermittent clo-
sure of Forest Road 2610.
According to Malheur National For-
est of¿cials, the last mile of the road
will be closed for safety reasons for one
month, with work scheduled to begin
July 27. The narrow road has a steep
side slope and no areas for safe turn-
arounds prior to the lookout.
Of¿cial forest road closure orders are
online at www.fs.usda.gov/malheur.
For more information, call 541-575-
3000, or visit U.S. Forest Service-Mal-
heur National Forest on Facebook.