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Cruzin at the Pond

The streets come alive in Baden every Wednesday night during the summer months.

You can catch not one but hundreds of colourful classic cars as they make their way to the weekly Cruisin’ at the Pond,  held at the corner of Charles and Foundry Street.

The free car show, celebrating it’s 11th anniversary this year, has become a staple in the community and continues to draw avid classic car owners and fans from all over.

Ron Weber, known to many as Rockin’ Ronnie and his wife Marlene have been running the popular event – complete with classic oldies playing in the background – since 2008 and with each year, support continues to grow.

Rockin’ Ronnie Weber, Photo: Barbara Geernaert

“There are at least 250 cars here every week,” Weber says “We started small at the Tim Hortons/Subway parking lot. We were there only a year and that’s when I asked the owner of Baden Feed and Supply if we could use a bit of his property and we sure did.”

“The event boomed and with overflow. We’ve had up to 400 vehicles here on one night. We’re so thankful because we have a lot of great people helping us out.”

There was nothing happening on Wednesday nights so Rockin’ Ron and his wife thought why not?

And since then, the free car show has certainly caught on with visitors young and old, excited to catch a glimpse of their favorite classic gem.

“My husband loves cars and now my son shares that too,” says Lorri Stint from Cambridge.

“It’s just a nice, wholesome and fun thing to do during the summer.”

Each week includes a barbeque put on by the Optimists Club of Petersburg, ice crème from Mega Cone in Kitchener, prizes, a DJ and a 50/50 draw.

The event welcomes everyone and money raised helps support a local charity.

“Anne Boehm from the Children’s Wish Foundation organizes the draw and we have raised $7,000 – $8000 a year in support of the Foundation,” Weber said.

And just recently, the Northeast Hope Tractor Club also made an appearance arriving with about 25-30 classic tractors.

Photo: Barbara Geernaert

“They have wanted to take part for a while, but the weather never seemed to cooperate. They finally made it and it’s great to have them here,” Weber said.

For the first time this year, the Wilmot Summer Market also takes part along side the car show for anyone interested in fresh fruits and veggies to cheese and crafts.

“As long as we are healthy, we will keep this going,” Weber says. “The weather can be iffy some weeks but we love this and most of all, we love the people.”

Cruisin’ at the Pond is held every Wednesday night from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm from June-August.

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