DELPHOS — Delphos turned back the clock Saturday night for a night of cruising through the downtown.
The event brought back memories to some.
“I had a 1956 Buick and you could put five people in the back seat and the girls would go out and we would cruise and then there would be a carload of boys come by and we would go around the corner and meet at the bank parking lot and make arrangements for later in the evening,” said Kathy Ulrich.
Anyone of a certain age can remember hundreds of cars packing downtown Delphos on a Friday or Saturday night. It was a time of socializing and bell-bottom jeans, of Mustangs and Camaros and 3.2 beer. Led Zeppelin blasted from 8-tracks and gas was 70 cents a gallon.
The Delphian Club and the Delphos Canal Museum has been holding cruising nights as a way to bring back the excitement of those long-ago days and to raise money for their organizations.
The way it works you buy a “license” to cruise for $10 and if you want to cruise another time you can renew it for only $5.
The cruising nights have been going on since June 2018 and run once a month in June, July and August, mainly on Friday nights except for the one Saturday night.
“The first time we did it it was a huge success,” said Bob Ebbeskotte, Delphos Canal Museum board member. “We had a lot of younger people that had never done it and they came out in droves to have the experience.”
Since then, it’s been an older crowd who remembers cruising Delphos when it was legal.
“After the first couple times the younger kids kind of had their experience and a lot of it now is guys who have already been there bringing their classic cars, show them off and have a good time,” said Ebbeskotte.
The Delphian Social Club also partners with the Delphos Canal Museum to provide food, beer and live music.
“We have a band come in and play and it’s for raising money so we can sponsor other events,” said T.J. Schimmoeller, president of the Delphian Social Club. “We give money to other non-profit clubs in town. We give money to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts. We give money to the PTA Club for grade schools for all three schools in Delphos. It’s about giving back to the community.”
The partnership between the two groups has been a good one.
“They bring in the cruising, which is something I think a lot of people did as teenagers in the town and most of our parents today met cruising in Delphos. It was kind of the thing to do and it’s been a great partnership between us. People typically go cruising then they park their hot rods and then they come over to the social tent and listen to the live bands,” said Schimmoeller.
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