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‘Be Safe, Be Smart’ campaign targets Cruise Nite

Buffalo County Community Partners leads coalition

KEARNEY – A Kearney-area community coalition has developed a proactive campaign aimed to increase “safe and smart” behavior during Kearney’s largest community event, Cruise Nite.

Scheduled to take place July 16-20, this community event, with a 27-year history, brings tens of thousands of visitors and Kearney residents to downtown Kearney, all focused on watching classic cars.

be-safe_be-smartThe coalition is focusing on making Cruise Nite and all its associated activities throughout Kearney enjoyable and safe for everyone. Centered around a theme “Be Safe, Be Smart,” the awareness campaign seeks to bring attention to positive behaviors and activities for the event to encourage good decision-making among festival-goers.

The campaign will start small its first year with the introduction of the theme, a logo, and initial education strategies, said Brad Kernick, chair of the Cruise Nite committee and the Central Nebraska Auto Club. The coalition will continue to build year to year and add activities to influence positive behaviors and encourage a “culture shift” toward a safer Cruise Nite atmosphere. Continue reading

Cruise Nite Activities 2014

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4:00 PM – 6:30 PM “Picnic-Style” meal in Old Town Kearney , Knights of Columbus Hall, 1900 Central Avenue (Nominal cost at door)
  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Classic Car Tour of area Assisted Living & Nursing Homes. Cars Stage south of Kearney High School in parking lot.
Midway Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac



5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Get–together Show & Shine @ Midway Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac. Oldies music, food & drink available. Miss Nebraska 2014 signing Autographs.
Merryman Performing Arts Center 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM “Kahuna Beach Party Band” at Merryman Performing Arts Center, 225 W. 22nd St. For tickets call (308)-698-8052.
  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Miss Nebraska 2014, Signing autographs, Hilltop Mall
Kearney Archway 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Kickoff Show & Shine, Great Platte River Road Archway. Oldies music, Food & drink available.
Video Kingdom 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM Car Stereo Competition at Video Kingdom, 3915 N. 2nd Ave. 5:00 PM until 11:00 PM. “See How Loud Your Car Stereo Can Get!”
  7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Classic & Collectible Car Auction. “Big building” at Buffalo Co. Fairgrounds. Rusty Rhynalds, Auctioneer (308)-832-7407.
  8:00 AM – Noon Registration for Show & Shine. “The Bricks” (Downtown Kearney Center) $10 fee in advance at $15 Day of show
  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Miss Nebraska 2014 signing autographs, “The Bricks” (Downtown).
  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eagle Riders Bike Show Park & Shine (FREE motorcycle parking Asylum mobile Dyno, Eagles Club parking lot & street in front of Eagles Club, 17 West 24th St. Contact – Doug Bierman (308)-627-6502.
  Noon – 10:00 PM “Carstock”-numerous live bands at MONA parking lot, featuring “Bases Loaded” @ approx. 8:00 PM
  Noon – 3:00 PM Engine Build Competition by Southeast Community College/Milford “The Bricks”, (Downtown).
  Noon – 4:00 PM Show & Shine, “The Bricks”.
Kearney Raceway Park 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM “Street Grudge Racing” and NAPA “Quick Race” featuring the Rocky Mountain Superchargers.  Kearney Raceway Park – East of Kearney.  Contact info Al Simmons (308)750-2049
  5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Cruise Nite Parade. “The Bricks”
Graham_tire 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Burnout Contest. Graham Tire Co. (Graham Tire,  5708 2nd Ave West)
Kearney Raceway Park 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM NHRA Drag Races & more at Kearney Raceway Park Contact: Al Simmons (308)-750-2049
  7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Christian Prayer Service at (Kearney Raceway Park)
  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Time Trials & qualifications at (Kearney Raceway Park)
  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Drag race eliminations at (Kearney Raceway Park
Classic Car Collection, Kearney NE Noon – 5:00 PM Outdoor BBQ hosted by 1848 Venture at Classic Car Collection (East end of Cabela’s building) Reduced admission Wednesday – Sunday
Cruise Nite Kearney would not be possible without the help of our corporate sponsors.  Please help support Cruise Nite by showing them your support.  Click on their logo scrolling across the bottom of this page to visit their website.  Please tell them “Thank You for supporting Cruise Nite Kearney” when you are in their businesses.

Mix Passion, Add Cars: Cruise Nite enjoys this recipe for success

By RICK BROWN Hub Staff Writer
Reposted from Kearney HUB (Saturday, July 20, 2013)

KEARNEY — As the years roll by, Central Nebraska Auto Club battles old age.

“It’s an evolutionary thing in our society, and it’s not unique to car clubs,” said Brad Kernick, president of the Cruise Nite steering committee and member of Central Nebraska Auto Club. “Look at fraternal organizations, service clubs — any of those kinds of things — it’s a constant battle to re-populate your group and keep it vibrant and energized.”

“It’s a controlled environment, and we can allow people to show off their cars in a safe way.”

Brad Kernick, head of Cruise Nite committee

Kernick paused during preparations for Cruise Nite to talk about the history — and evolution — of the club.

“We work hard at that,” he said of the constant efforts to keep Central Nebraska Auto Club relevant and alive. “It’s always something we need to be aware of, that we need to attract new members with new thoughts and new ideas and new energy.” Continue reading

Cruise Nite turnouts at all-time highs

reprinted from Kearney HUB (posted Monday, July 22, 2013)

KEARNEY — Saturday evening would have been a perfect night to take a 1966 Mustang GT out for a spin.

That’s what Steve Hosier of Giltner would have done. He’s been coming to Cruise Nite for four years now and is just about finished restoring the car. He just gave it a candy apple red paint job.

Unfortunately, it’s not quite ready for Cruise Nite. But he’ll definitely be back next year.

“There’s something about car people,” Hosier said. “They all got everything in common.”

Cruise Nite chair Brad Kernick said turnouts were at all-time highs for many of the week’s events. Continue reading

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Cruise Nite Committee

Brad Kernick 308-440-2941
Mick Jahn 308-236-9067
Jerry Erickson 308-440-8731
Steve Harmoney 308-826-3068
Gaylord Peterson 308-440-7826
Riley Bay 308-870-2079
Josh Skiles 308-293-6264


Click on the CNAC logo below to visit the "Official Central Nebraska Auto Club" website.