Area car enthusiasts are invited to come out and show off their sweet rides this Friday on the Hope town square as the community kicks off its summer-long First Fridays Cruise-In to Hope event at 5 p.m.

The free, family- friendly event, which runs now through October, is sponsored by Main Street of HOPE.

All vehicles, makes and models are welcome, says Susan Thayer Fye, executive director of Main Street of HOPE.

“We’ve had everything from brand new, customized cars and vans to Model Ts,” Fye says. “The Mustang and Corvette Clubs have both been active supporters. And some people, who participate, aren’t members of a club. Any cars are welcome. If there is something different, people love to see them.”

Those who would like to showcase their ride are invited to arrive early to set up around 4 p.m.

Each month the cruise-in will feature live entertainment and contests, including a baby contest in July and a baking contest in August. The cruise-in will also offer its appreciation and support each month for various organizations and vehicle classes, such as military appreciation in July and motorcycle and Jeep appreciation in August and October.

Launching this year’s cruise-in entertainment line-up is Hope’s own Night Owl Country Band, who will take the bandstand stage at 6 p.m., Fye says.

Organizers say the event was originally offered as part of Hope’s weekly farmer’s market. However, this year, it is being presented as a standalone event and, if history is any indicator, organizers hope attendance rivals, if not surpasses, previous years.

“We enjoy seeing the community gather together,” says Diane Burton, Hope Clerk Treasurer. “And having people from surrounding areas visit our town.”

Amid the variety of kids activities being offered this year there is something for the adults, too.

“We are doing cornhole tournaments, which is new this year,” Fye says.

Registration for the tournament is $5 per team.

Fye says the monthly event will also feature opportunities to shop local vendors who will set up inside the square.

“There is no preregistration,” she says. “People can bring crafts, farmers can bring produce and set up a booth. However, if someone is selling any type of food item, they must be preapproved by Public Health.”

Aside from hoping for good weather, Fye hopes to see a great crowd.

“We want to see people bringing their chairs out, setting up around the bandstand and listening to the music,” Fye says. “Just make it a family-friendly event.”