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May 6, 2008

WHEATFIELD: Cruise Nights moving from Summit to Lancaster

Despite their best efforts to keep the event in Wheatfield, the “Shredd & Ragan Cruise Nights” are moving to Lancaster.

“It’s a shame — when you have something that comes together and grows and grows, you hate to uproot it, but we didn’t have any other options,” said Ted Shredd, co-host of WEDG-FM 103.3 The Edge’s “Shredd & Ragan Show,” which organizes and sponsors the Wednesday night event.

Instead, the Cruise Nights, which rev up May 21, will be held at Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster, leaving Wheatfield in the dust after a five-year run.

As they were preparing for this year’s schedule, organizers hit a couple of snags. First, because of some Summit tenants’ objections to the event taking up their parking spaces, Cruise Nights was going to be moved to a parking lot in back of the mall. Then they pitched the idea of moving to property near the former Bell Aerospace lot nearby. However, insurance for that venue was four times higher than at The Summit, and the Bell Aerospace property lacked lights, meaning they would have to be rented, Shredd said.

“We tried our best to keep it in Wheatfield, but it got to the point where we’re a few weeks out and our hands are tied. It’s a free event and we want to keep it that way,” he said, adding that he and Ragan even announced recently on the air that they were planning on holding Cruise Nights at the Bell Aerospace property. “It just became so expensive to use that we just couldn’t do it. It was going to be a losing proposition.”

The news came as a surprise to Wheatfield Supervisor Tim Demler, who knew that the event organizers were still ironing out some wrinkles but didn’t think they were going to change the location.

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