Cruise on over to Pickens


By Kasie Strickland - [email protected]



The streets of historic downtown Pickens were filled to capacity on Friday evening for a night of music, dancing and of course, plenty of custom and classic cars.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

No one was quite sure how this low riding truck managed to make the trip without ripping out its undercarriage.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

People came from miles around to view and admire the antique, classic and custom cars.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

In the end, the cruise-in was deemed a success by all who came and was a great start to the festival that lasted through Saturday.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

The annual cruise-in is the traditional lead in to the Azalea Festival but had a substantially better turn out this year than in years prior.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Next to the courthouse, musicians entertained visitors from the stage while people danced, sprawled out on the courthouse lawn to relax, or grabbed a bite to eat from one of the several food vendors set up.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

PICKENS — The streets of historic downtown Pickens were filled to capacity on Friday evening for a night of music, dancing and of course, plenty of custom and classic cars.

The annual cruise-in is the traditional lead in to the Azalea Festival but had a substantially better turn out this year than in years prior.

“I was supposed to come last year but we had all that horrible weather,” said John Gearing of Pickens who brought in his 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe. “This is my baby — and my baby doesn’t come out in the rain.”

Indeed, the atmosphere on Friday was night and day compared to last year’s drizzly event and cars stretched out for blocks and blocks on Main Street.

Next to the courthouse, musicians entertained visitors from the stage while people danced, sprawled out on the courthouse lawn to relax, or grabbed a bite to eat from one of the several food vendors set up.

At the other end of the street, carnival rides kept the kids (and a few daring adults) busy while others posed next to their favorite cars on display.

In the end, the cruise-in was deemed a success by all who came and was a great start to the festival that lasted through Saturday.

The streets of historic downtown Pickens were filled to capacity on Friday evening for a night of music, dancing and of course, plenty of custom and classic cars.
http://sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_008.jpgThe streets of historic downtown Pickens were filled to capacity on Friday evening for a night of music, dancing and of course, plenty of custom and classic cars. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

No one was quite sure how this low riding truck managed to make the trip without ripping out its undercarriage.
http://sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_011.jpgNo one was quite sure how this low riding truck managed to make the trip without ripping out its undercarriage. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

People came from miles around to view and admire the antique, classic and custom cars.
http://sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_013.jpgPeople came from miles around to view and admire the antique, classic and custom cars. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

In the end, the cruise-in was deemed a success by all who came and was a great start to the festival that lasted through Saturday.
http://sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_025.jpgIn the end, the cruise-in was deemed a success by all who came and was a great start to the festival that lasted through Saturday. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

The annual cruise-in is the traditional lead in to the Azalea Festival but had a substantially better turn out this year than in years prior.
http://sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_027.jpgThe annual cruise-in is the traditional lead in to the Azalea Festival but had a substantially better turn out this year than in years prior. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Next to the courthouse, musicians entertained visitors from the stage while people danced, sprawled out on the courthouse lawn to relax, or grabbed a bite to eat from one of the several food vendors set up.
http://sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_080.jpgNext to the courthouse, musicians entertained visitors from the stage while people danced, sprawled out on the courthouse lawn to relax, or grabbed a bite to eat from one of the several food vendors set up. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

By Kasie Strickland

[email protected]

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

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