Since 1993 Cruz’n Eureka has become an iconic annual event for the car community here on the North Coast. The last 25 shows raising over $200,000 to support local youth. With local community support, we hope 2019 will be a record year.
Cruz’n Eureka returns for its 26th year September 5th, 6th, and 7th. The three days encompasses many events: the Poker Run, Outdoor Concerts, Cruz through Old Town, Participant BBQ, Friday Night Movie, 2 Show & Shine events, and of course the Saturday Car Show with an estimated attendance of more than 10,000 filling Old Town Eureka.
History of Cruz’n Eureka: Twenty-six years ago the vehicle cruise seen had become an issue on fourth and Fifth street. All three lanes north and south were often full of Gear Head car people. While for all practical purposes it was a huge social gathering on Friday night sometimes lasting into the early morning. We suspect Cal-Trans and the city were forced to do something. So an ordinance was created “ no more legal cruising in Eureka”
City of Eureka policeman Lance Madsen ( a champion for Boys & Girls Club) who has since passed, and a small band of others started a car show in Henderson center. The event was to become Cruz’N Eureka. The event was made a benefit for our local Boys & Girls of the Redwoods. This went on in Henderson center for a couple of years, but burn out was/is inevitable and at some juncture the event was handed off to Laurie Thietje-Furtado. Laurie and her group of friends made the event a fundraiser for Make a Wish. This went on for 10-15 years. At some point the event outgrew Henderson center so the event moved to Halverson park. Here the event grew a great cruise route through old town, and the Car Show grew too so to encompass second street from C st to G street. There was a sock hop and poker run, while the sock hop was fun there was never enough participation to keep it going. Then Laurie’s Health took a dive. ( the problem with doing too much ) Laurie was aware of Dale Warmuth and Sondra Kirkley’s involvement with Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods. She asked if Dale and Sondra were interested in taking the event back. Dale, Sondra, Tim O’brien and his wife Teresa, Jason Henderson ( who since passed ) all continued to show their interest in cars and kids welfare of the north coast.