Moberly Residents Revive Friday Night Cruise

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MOBERLY - Dozens of cars cruised downtown Moberly Friday as residents there helped revive an old tradition. Rain clouds couldn't keep Moberly's Friday Night Cruise from drawing hundreds of residents to the streets.

The cruise was set to start at 7 p.m. with a trophy presentation at City Hall, but Mother Nature decided to cancel those plans. By about 7:30, residents had hopped in their cars and were riding up and down Reed street, greeting neighbors and showing off their rides. Host Kevin Stone had high hopes for the turnout.

"Right now we have close to 100 people but I have hopes to have close to 4,000 people at then end of the night," said Stone. 

Stone says Moberly residents come together and reminisce about the things they used to do. The Friday Night Cruises started in the 50s, but died down in the 90s. Stone, along with some of his friends, decided to bring back the event this year.

"It's kind of like our Facebook," says Stone. "It's our version of a social network."

The first Friday Night cruise this year was held on May 4th and Stone called it "overwhelmingly successful."

The cruise night also included a 25 year anniversary celebration for KZZT Radio Station. Carloee Hazlet provided tours of the Fourth Street Theater Restoration Project.

Non-profit organizations Safe Passage, Christos Center, and the local Food Bank were there taking donations. Bar and Grill also hosted a 2012 Summer Prom on Whightman Street.