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Great weather, big crowds for Cruzin to Colby

Story and photos by Jim and Laura Scharf and David Marin

The 2018 event brought together an exciting and eclectic field of more than 800 vehicles which lined downtown Everett's Colby Avenue and the adjacent side streets, all enhanced by the contingent of vendors - something for everyone. That appears to be the "new" theme brought on board the Colby event by the team of Joel Starr, Dale Newman and Tony Verhay of Tony D's Garage.

"I've been involved with Cruzin to Colby since the very first event nearly 20 years ago," Starr confided. "You're going to see more wonderful things happening with Cruzin to Colby. We'll be retaining much of the old while adding lots of new and exciting 'events within the event.'"

The "old" being retained will include Danny Vernon and his fabulous Illusions of Elvis, always a crowd pleaser. Starr continues: "Of course, we'll keep the Saturday night cruise and many other activities for young and old. We were the largest event in downtown Everett in 2018, drawing an estimated 15,000 spectators, remember, all the proceeds go to Hospice of Snohomish County, Providence Hospital and the Snohomish County High School Referees Association."

Starr also plans to spice things up by bringing in a featured event for Saturday - The National Barbecue Competition. Also on the slate is the Saturday "Kick Off" and a Sunday "Sound Off" which will feature "music, lots of music."

But wait, there's more on the way and you'll see (read) it first in CruZin' Magazine. Thanks go out to Joel Starr and his crew for breathing life back into Cruzin to Colby and special thanks to the Seattle Rodtiques for conceiving the show to start with. "It's really been fun." Starr, who is the former owner of the popular "Flying Pig" restaurant in Everett, adds: "the City of Everett, the Angel of the Winds Casino, two of our major sponsors have been absolutely wonderful to us."

Once again, it's a "go" and we've even got the dates for the 20th annual Cruzin to Colby, always a tremendous success - it all happens Sunday May 26 and Monday May 27, 2019 - this, according to event spokesperson Joel Starr, who also promises more great weather.


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