Mayer hopes to draw car and bike enthusiasts to weekly event

After drawing 200 cars and motorcycles to its popular annual car show last year, the city of Mayer is hoping to capture some of that excitement each week this summer with a Car and Cycle Night held on Tuesdays.

The event, like the annual Mayer Rising Community Festival Car Show, is being organized by Tom Stifter of R&V Service. The first night was anticipated to have been held this past Tuesday, June 25, but was still pending city council approval at Monday night’s meeting. Assuming all goes according to plan, the event will be held each Tuesday through Sept. 24 from 5-8 p.m.

“It’s just kind of a mini car show to break up the week,” Stifter said. “If it gets big, that’s great. If it stays small, maybe that’s better for some people, too.”

The weekly event will be held on Second Street. Anybody is invited to bring their car or motorcycle to show, and the night will also include weekly specials at local bars, restaurants and liquor stores. There will also be small vendors located on Second Street serving things like popcorn, root beer floats and hotdogs for families that may not want to eat at a bar.

Stifter said the whole evening, based on similar events in other nearby cities, would basically be a social event for car and motorcycle enthusiasts.

“Spectators can come and look at stuff, too,” Stifter said. “It’s not just for participants.”

Stifter said he was first asked by somebody several years ago if Mayer should consider holding an event like this, and after he was asked again this year, he decided to take the lead in the organizational process. The Mayer EDA quickly got on board and recommended approval to the Mayer City Council.

Stifter said Tuesday was chosen intentionally so as not to conflict with similar events in other towns, like in Waconia and Victoria’s on Wednesdays, or Mound on Thursdays.

“It just helps break up the week so you don’t have to wait for the weekend,” Stifter said of what is becoming a growing trend in many small towns. “We’re not doing this on a weekend because there are just so many other things going on then. Summer is full of car shows on the weekend.”


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