An Important Message
from Somernites Cruise
Somernites Cruise has joined the “new normal”, announcing cancelation of its April 25, 2020 season-opening event.
Volunteers with the Downtown Somerset event say they’ll make a determination on future
The event is held on the 4th Saturday of each month, normally beginning in April and ending in October. It attracts more than 1,000 classic and collectable cars each month, along with thousands of spectators from surrounding states.
“We hope we’ll be able to proceed with our shows beginning May 23,” noted Somernites Cruise President Mark Wallen. “Right now, we’re shuffling the special events and displays around, cramming seven events into six. We’ll decide on future shows as we get nearer to those dates.”
The April cancellation marks the first postponement in the event’s 20-year history. Wallen says the team of volunteers has stood in freezing temperatures, blistering heat and even watched snow flurries while they held to their “neither rain nor snow” policy. Even the event’s initial season in 2001 was darkened—but not cancelled—by the World Trade Center attacks.
Somernites officials had already announced cancellation of a new event that was to debut in April. The Jeep Nationals—although a separate events from the more traditional Somernites event—had been slated for March 28 and 29 at SomerSplash Waterpark. It consisted of both a “show and shine” display on Saturday and an off-road driving course on Sunday. Its organizers have re-scheduled it for November 7 and 8.
Somernites Cruise was created in 2001 as a means to bring economic development to the community. Wallen says that’s still the primary goal of the group of volunteers, although they have to consider the overall safety to the community as their first concern.