Jim Hayden and the Country Playboys will play the August Cruise-In presented by Main Street of Hope from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday on the Hope Town Square, downtown Hope. Photo credit: Submitted.
Jim Hayden and the Country Playboys will play the August Cruise-In presented by Main Street of Hope from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday on the Hope Town Square, downtown Hope. Photo credit: Submitted.

Final preparations are underway for Friday’s August Cruise-In, presented by Main Street of Hope, and organizers say this month’s show will truly feature something for everyone.

“I think the diversity of cars speaks for itself at this cruise-in and we are excited to get it going again in August,” says Hope Town Manager Jason Eckart.

Friday’s cruise-in will feature the musical stylings of country music band Jim Hayden and the Country Playboys.

Although this isn’t his first trip to the Hope area, it will be his first time playing here.

“We are going to play real country music from the 1960s up to the 1990s,” says lead singer Jim Hayden. “Including songs from Merle Haggard to Ray Price and Toby Keith.”

Last month’s cruise-in welcomed 64 cars and brought in around $800, Eckart says, of which $350 was donated to the Yellow Trail Museum.

Dovetailing with the Yellow Trail Museum’s annual Old Fashioned Independence Day celebration, the two events complemented one another well, Eckart says.

This month Eckart is hoping the car show enjoys a bit of a boost with a European flare.

Eckart’s love for cars, especially those of a foreign design, gave him an idea.

Using the connections he has in the European and foreign car markets from his previous experiences as a business owner in that arena, Eckart says he reached out to a couple of Indiana-based car clubs, including one that holds a particularly special place in his heart.

“Me, being a Volkswagen freak like I am, I have reached out to some Volkswagen groups in the state,” Eckart says. “And I am hoping to see a fairly good size gathering of old up to new Volkswagens.”

Eckart hopes this month’s cruise-in breaks the $1,000 donation barrier. The Hope volunteer Fire Department will be the recipient of this month’s cruise-in proceeds, Eckart adds.

“I want to make this the biggest, most successful event yet with the Cruise-in,” he says. “I’m shooting for 120 cars this time, especially with a new country band. I think with the more cars we have, the more likely they will want to come back and play next year with us, too.”