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Time is winding down to get in on the National Road Cruise, to be held on Saturday, June 12.
The cruise is sponsored by district Lions organizations, according to Mary Truitt, Vandalia Lions member.
“We were at a meeting where our district governor proposed a cruise as a potential fund raiser. Everyone sat there without saying a word. I suggested we do one along the National Road and no one even knew what it was,” Truitt, a volunteer at the National Road Interpretive Center, laughed. “I was to work something up and bring it back.”
The “M” District, of which Vandalia is part of, has its southern border mostly aligned with the National Road, the first highway to officially stretch across the country.
The event will begin in Marshall, at 9 a.m., with coffee and donuts and a tour of that town’s historic business district by Jennifer Bishop, Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development director.
The Cruise will then move on to Casey, where lunch will be held at Richards Farm, and a tour given of all of the “world’s largest” attractions.
Jim Strange, Altamont club member, will host the stop in Greenup, with a brief stop at the covered bridge. The crew will then set its sights on Altamont, where Strange will lead in a presentation at Ballard Nature Center, as well as possibly the Smith Hanger in St. Elmo, before advancing to Vandalia for the final stop.
Once it reaches Vandalia, those participating will be divided into three groups, rotating between the Statehouse, Fayette County Museum and National Road Interpretive Center.
Those wishing to stay in the community for the evening, may stay for dinner and listen to the band that night at Charters Patio, Truitt says.
Those wishing to participate in the event may register until Tuesday, June 1, by calling 618.283.9380, or stopping by the Interpretive Center at 106 S. 5th St., Vandalia. A participation fee will be charge, as well as a supply fee for ribbons to mark the vehicles participating. Other expenses, including lunch, would be incurred along the way.