Final cruise through Washington County is Thursday

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The final Thursday night cruise through Washington County is this week.

Since Sept. 24, an average of 30 cars have parked weekly at rotating locations throughout the county, including Arlington, Blair, Fort Calhoun, Herman and Kennard. New friends were made and local businesses were supported as the events took place. 

Tim Hirchert of Olsen Auto Service in Blair and Darren Rogers with North 40 Auto of Arlington created the traveling Show and Shine car show.

"The shows have been great," Rogers said. "We had an average of 30 cars and closer to 50 in Blair. We are extremely satisfied."

The final cruise night takes people through all the previous locations and people can start wherever they want. 

Since it is right before Halloween, drivers are being encouraged to dress up their cars or themselves. Rogers has his costume. 

"We thought it would be fun to dress up. I have a '68 Cadillac my wife calls the pimp car so I'll be wearing a pimp costume," Rogers said. 

Rogers said they'll be starting in Blair, going to Herman and then from Herman heading to Arlington, Kennard and Fort Calhoun before returning to Blair or Omaha. The timing should land people in Arlington around 6 p.m. where a special treat awaits. A free barbecue meal will be provided by Fine Rubbed Barbecue at the North 40 lot along Elkhorn Drive. 

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce has been involved throughout the event.

Chamber Executive Director Jordan Rishel said they are encouraging people to support the same businesses they've done all along. 

"Hopefully, they'll dress up in costume or dress up their cars and share their photos. We want it to be a fun thing, socially distant and be responsible with it," she said. "We want people to have fun and have something to look forward to."

Rishel said it was nice to see a bustling downtown again and people visiting in Blair.

"We are thinking about bringing this back in the spring because there has been positive feedback," she said. "People come that have gone to shows across the country and they've enjoyed being able to bring their cars out. People from outside the area have participated and it benefits everybody."

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