Forest City, NC – The 28th Annual Hot Nights Cool Rides Car Show is fast approaching! Each year thousands of visitors flock to the small Western North Carolina town of Forest City on the third weekend in August, this year August 16 and 17. With over 400 cars, truck, and motorcycles registered and 65 different car classes recognized, this show is one of the largest in the Southeast! The event is sponsored by the Forest City Merchants Association and the Town of Forest City.
To kick off this year’s event, a free cruise in and concert will be held on Friday, August 16 from 6pm-8:30pm at newly constructed Forest City Pavilion on Park Square (POPS), just a short walk from Main Street. The Ocean Blvd Band will be performing. Even if you don’t have a show car to bring, we invite everyone to POPS to enjoy the live music and to visit with family and friends. You may even want to show off your shagging dance skills! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and come enjoy the sounds of live beach music! Folks bringing show cars are asked to park on either side of the Rutherford County Farmers Market. Local food trucks, along with the POPS concession stand will be open to provide delicious food. Parking for the public is along historic Main Street and in the free, public lots between Main Street and Trade Street.
The 28th Hot Nights Cool Rides car show is a free event. It begins Saturday, August 17 at 9am and will continue until 8pm. It is an alcohol-free event and no pets are allowed. Folks wishing to register their car can do so on Friday, August 16 from 2:00pm-8:00pm at Main Street Meeting, 108 East Main Street. Registration on Saturday, August 17 from 9:00am-2:00pm. Registration is just $25 per vehicle and includes a commemorative t-shirt.
Main Street restaurants along with other food vendors will be serving a variety of delicious food items, including hamburgers, hotdogs, wings, fish, bbq, turkey legs, livermush burgers, pizza, funnel cakes, ice cream, kettle corn, fudge, and fresh lemonade.
Live music on the entertainment stage begins at 11:00AM with regional television personality Jack Roper and the Weatherman Band. The Kill Devils take the stage at 2:00pm and closing out the entertainment is the Night Move Band playing from 5:00pm-7:00pm. The trophy ceremony will immediately follow the Night Move Band.
The fun and excitement continues with a free showing of the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” at POPS after the trophy ceremony! The movie will start at dusk (approximately 8:30PM). Come early and have your picture made with a Pontiac Trans AM, just like the one that Burt Reynolds drove in the movie! The POPS Concession stand will be open providing all your favorite movie snacks!
For more information call the Forest City Events Line at 828-247-4430 or the Town of Forest City at 828-247-4417. Or like us on Facebook at “Hot Nights Cool Rides Forest City Car Show” or “Forest City Events”.