Jeep enthusiasts from Hope and surrounding areas are anticipated to gather on the Hope Town Square this weekend for Hope's first-ever Jeep Cruise-in from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday presented by the Main Street of Hope.

“We are hoping to see over 100 Jeeps,” says Matt Lee, executive director of Main Street of Hope.

And don’t forget the ducks.

“We have the Columbus Auto Group coming and they will have a great big blow-up duck,” Lee says. “F C Tucker is going to be there, too, and they’re bringing a big rubber duck raft for people to take pictures with.”

And if that weren’t enough ducks, there’s also a commemorative duck, Lee adds.

Main Street of Hope will have a booth hosting a canned food drive benefiting the Hope Food Pantry, Lee says. Jeeps participating in the cruise-in will also register at the Main Street booth.

“When they register and make a donation, they get a rubber duck that says Main Street of Hope on it,” Lee says.

Of course, there will also be some delicious food to be had offered by Hillbilly’s BBQ and Tenderloins and Divine Family BBQ food trucks, as well as the Hope Volunteer Fire Department that will be firing up the grill for hamburgers and hotdogs. Restaurants around the Square will also be open during the event, Lee says.

All the food, fun and Jeeps will be set to the afternoon’s soundtrack offered by local band favorite Oddz R with opening act Scot Schrader.

Oddz R band member Reed England says the band is no stranger to Hope, but it has been a while as the last time they played was for Hope Heritage Days in 2018.

England describes the band’s sound as classic rock that leans towards the 1960s through the early-1980s for inspiration, including many songs that warrant singing along, like hits from Santana to the Beatles.

“Our hope is for a fun-filled and happy event with everyone enjoying a beautiful day of great classics,” he says.

Although Lee originally set out to create a slightly different type of Main Street event, this Jeep Cruise-in is going to work out well for Hope, he says.

“We’ve had a great response and a lot of the community and people from Columbus are coming together to make this happen,” Lee says.

Main Street will pick the first-ever winner of the Main Street Jeep Cruise-in, Lee says, but the only way to compete is to register.

This inaugural event is a great opportunity for the community in many ways, Lee says. Especially when it comes to continuing to highlight all Hope has to offer.

“I am hoping we have a huge turnout and the businesses, retail and all, will be open,” Lee says. “So, hopefully, it will bring people into town to bring in some revenue and new visitors who will want to come back.”