80TH Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration Event

Greetings Cruisers!

   This post has nothing to do with car shows, but we wanted to let you know about this because we know that many of you are Veterans and we are all patriots.

This Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 2 PM, American Legion Post 25 will be hosting a special D-Day 80th Anniversary Commemoration Event. Our very special guest of honor will be 101-year-old Tomoka Heights resident, Chester Barber.

In 2023 Chester and Lake Country Cruisers co-founder, Ross Longo participated in the rededication of the Flag Pole at Hendrick’s Field at Sebring International Raceway a few days before the big 12 Hours of Sebring event.

On D-Day, Chester flew a DC3 at night over France with a plane full of American paratroopers.

We invite all of our members, as well as the general public, to this special event.

The Legion Kitchen will be open for Daily Kitchen Items, so food will be available.

On Wednesday we will publish more of Chester Barber’s amazing life and times.

See you all at Post 25!

PS – Here’s Chester, back in the day!

Saturday’s Lake Country Cruisers Show is ON!!!

Greetings Cruisers,

Just a quick post to let you all know that this Saturday, May 11, 2024, our monthly Car & Bike Show is ON! The show is from 11 am to 1:30 pm at the Lake Placid American Legion on Rt. 27.

The Legion’s backyard grill is getting a make-over and will be open for burgers and dogs from 12 Noon to 2 PM.

If it gets too hot, we’ll wrap things up at 1 pm.

This will be our last Car & Bike Show for the first half of the year. We’ll be back October 12, 2024same time, same place.

And don’t forget that we will be helping out at the July 27, 2024, Caladium Car & Bike Show at Devane Park in downtown Lake Placid. For registration info, CLICK HERE.

See you all this Saturday!Scott, Pete, & Ron

PS – We know that many of you have motorcycles. If you do, bring your bike! We like motorcycles too!

Our April Show Was Perfect!

It was a PERFECT day for a Car & Bike Show!

Greetings Cruisers!

Ahh, if we could only can last Saturday’s beautiful Florida weather so we could open it up for every show. We want to thank everyone who came out to the show. We had around 75 cars and well over 100 people in attendance.

Our next Cat & Bike Show will be Saturday, May 11, 2024, 11 am to 1:30 pm at the Lake Placid American Legion Post 25 on Rt. 27 in Lake Placid.

We took a lot of pictures, so enjoy the below slide show!

See you at the next show! – Scott, Pete, & Ron

PS – ATTENTION Corvette fans! The next Highlands County Corvettes show will be on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at the Lake Placid American Legion Post 25.

Lake Country Cruisers Car Show This Saturday, April 13, 2024!

Greetings Cruisers,
   The warm, but not “hot” Florida weather is with us, so let’s have a Car & Bike Show!

Our next Show is THIS Saturday at the Lake Placid American Legion Post 25, starting at 11 AM and wrapping up at 1:30 PM.

Registration is just $5 and we will have neat Door Prizes, a 50/50 raffle with a restaurant gift certificate for the 50/50 runner-up.

The Legion’s backyard grill will be serving up burgers, cheeseburgers, and hot dogs. If you are a Legion member, you can go into the Legion Bar for an adult beverage. They also have soda pop and bottled water.

We are family-friendly, so bring the kids, the grand-kiddos, and we like dogs too, just keep them on a leash and clean up after them.

The Ladies Auxiliary will also be inside selling deserts!

See you all this Saturday! – Scott, Pete, and Ron

PS – If you have a motorcycle, bring it!

Lake Country Cruisers 2024 Car & Bike Show Schedule

Greetings Cruisers,

For those of you that came to American Legion Post 25 last week only to find there was “no show”, we apologize for not being clearer that our February Car & Bike Show was part of the Annual Lake Placid Arts & Crafts Festival at the Devane Circle in downtown Lake Placid.

Here are the scheduled Cruisers Car & Bike Shows from March to December 2024.

All of our shows at the American Legion are from 11 am to 1:30 pm.

March 9, 2024 – 11 am to 1:30 pm.

April 13, 2024 – 11 am to 1:30 pm.

May 11, 2024 – 11 am to 1:30 pm.

September 14, 2024 – 11 am to 1:30 pm.

October 12, 2024 – 11 am to 1:30 pm.

November 9, 2024 – 11 am to 1:30 pm.

December 14, 2024 – 11 am to 1:30 pm.

Lake Country Cruisers will be part of the Annual Lake Placid Caladium Festival at Devane Park on July 27, 2024. We will let you know when registration for the Caladium Show is available.

Last year we tried shows in the summer months, but it was just too HOT. People were wilting before our eyes!

The December Car & Bike Show is the same day as the Lake Placid Annual Christmas Parade. All Cruisers are welcome to be part of the parade. The parade is pure Americana and a lot of fun to be part of!

See you all at American Legion Post 25 in March! The Legion’s backyard grille is getting a new roof, but the Legion is accommodating us by offering burgers, cheeseburgers, and hot dogs on their pellet grille.

See you at Post 25 in March! – Scott, Pete, and Ron

PS There is still time to get your tickets for the big 2-day SVRA event. Call Toni Strolo at 863-698-8620, tell her you are with Lake Country Cruisers and you’ll get $10 off the $50 ticket that is good for ONE car and TWO people.

Our pal Bob Forrester informed us that if you are a member of the Hagerty Drivers Club, you can get a $25 discount! Thanks, Bob!!!

The Hagerty Cars & Coffee Show will be on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Lake Country Cruisers will meet at the Sebring Moose Lodge on Rt. 98 in Sebring at 8:15 am so that we can all drive in and part together.

Cruisers February Show is Tomorrow at DeVane Park

Greetings Cruisers!

Just a quick reminder that the February Lake Country Cruisers Car Show will be TOMORROW, February 3, 2024, as part of the Lake Placid Arts & Crafts Country Fair at the DeVane Park on Interlake Blvd. This is the same venue as the annual Caladium Car Show in July.

The show starts at 10 am and registration begins at 8 am. The Registration fee is $25. Trophies will be awarded at 1:30 pm. There will be Arts & Crafts food vendors at the show. This is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids and the grand kiddos!

The next Lake Country Cruisers Show will be Saturday, March 9, 2024, at the Lake Placid American Legion, 11 am to 1:30 pm.

There is still time to get your tickets for the big 2-day SVRA event. Call Toni Strolo at 863-698-8620, tell her you are with Lake Country Cruisers and you’ll get $10 off the $50 ticket that is good for ONE car and TWO people.

Our pal Bob Forrester informed us that if you are a member of the Hagerty Drivers Club, you can get a $25 discount! Thanks, Bob!!!

The Hagerty Cars & Coffee Show will be on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Lake Country Cruisers will meet at the Sebring Moose Lodge on Rt. 98 in Sebring at 8:15 am so that we can all drive in and part together.

See you at DeVane Park tomorrow!Scott, Pete, & Ron

YES! There Will Be a Cruisers Car & Bike Show Tomorrow!

Greetings Cruisers,

   Just a quick note to let you know that it looks like we’ll be getting a break in this crummy weather we’ve been having for over a month. So our Lake Country Cruisers Car & Bike Show is ON!

The show will run from 11 am to 1:30 pm. The Legion’s kitchen will be open and serving burgers and cheeseburgers for lunch.

Well, probably not this cold!

However, it’ll be a wee bit chilly. The National Weather Service is predicting the temperature at 11 am will be around 55 degrees and 60 degrees by 1 pm.

But it will be mostly sunny, at least we’ll get some warm sunshine on us!

So, get your long underwear on and your parka, gloves, and hat too! It’ll be a “cool” Car & Bike Show!

See you all at Post 25! – Scott, Pete, & Ron

PS – Our February Car & Bike Show will be on February 3, 2024, at Devane Park as part of the Lake Placid Arts & Crafts Country Fair.
CLICK HERE for more details.


And for info about the upcoming SVRA event, CLICK HERE!

 

The January 13, 2024 Lake Country Cruisers Show POSTPONED!

Greetings Cruisers!

   First question: WHO STOLE OUR BEAUTIFUL FLORIDA WINTER WEATHER?!?!? We wish they’d return it!

The weather forecast for tomorrow is CRUMMY, so we decided to reschedule our January Car & Bike Show for Saturday, January 20, 2024.

We were going to cancel the January show but decided, why not try for the following Saturday?

Hopefully, our beautiful Florida winter weather will be back and we’ll be able to get a car show in!

JUST A REMINDER, our February Car & Bike Show will be on February 3, 2024 (the 1st Saturday of the month), as part of the Lake Placid Arts & Craft Country Fair at Devane Park. For details, CLICK HERE!

And lastly, the 2024 SVRA Hagerty Cars & Coffee Show is coming to Sebring International Raceway 24-25, 2024. The Hagerty Show will be on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Lake Country Cruisers will meet at the Sebring Moose Lodge on Rt. 98 in Sebring at 8:15 am so that we can all drive in and part together.

GET YOUR DI$COUNT!!!

SVRA rep Toni Strolo is offering a $10 discount on the $50 per car with 2 people ticket. To order your discounted ticket, call Toni at… 863-698-8620.

Your ticket is for TWO days (Saturday and Sunday). If track conditions are good (no crashes to clean up), there will be a few laps of track time (no “racing”) for attendees on Saturday at noon.

For now, keep your ride dry and we’ll be seeing you soon! – Scott, Pete, & Ron

Happy New Years Lake Country Cruisers!

Greeting Cruisers!

We hope everyone had a delightful Christmas holiday and New Year’s season. Here’s what’s coming up in the next few months.

Our January 2024 Car & Bike Show at American Legion Post 25, on Rt. 27 in Lake Placid will be on January 13, 2024, from 11 am to 1:30 pm. The Legion’s Mess Hall Kitchen will be serving burgers, so bring your car or bike, AND your appetite.

Our February Show will be on February 3, 2024, as part of the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce’s Craft Show at Devane Park (the circle), same place as the annual Caladium Car Show.

Show time is 10 am to 1:30 pm. Registration starts at 7 am with trophies awarded at 1:30 pm. Pre-registration is $20 (cut-off date is 1/26), or $25 day of the show. Craft and food vendors will be there!

 


The 2024 SVRA Hagerty Cars & Coffee Show is coming to Sebring International Raceway 24-25, 2024. The Hagerty Show will be on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Lake Country Cruisers will beet at the Sebring Moose Lodge on Rt. 98 in Sebring at 8:15 am so that we can all drive in and part together.

SVRA rep Toni Strolo is offering a $10 discount on the $50 per car with 2 people ticket. To order your discounted ticket, call Toni at… 863-698-8620.

Your ticket is for TWO days (Saturday and Sunday). If track conditions are good (no crashes to clean up), there will be a few laps of track time (no “racing”) for attendees on Saturday at noon.

There will be vintage sports car racing on Sunday and Pete Richie will be at track-side for an RV Party with food and beverages! Last year we had a blast! Bring some goodies if you want.

More to come for the rest of 2024!Scott, Pete, and Ron


 

Dec Cruisers Show & Lake Placid Christmas Parade

Greetings Cruisers! We have two new things to share with you today.

CORRECTION: To be in the Christmas Parade on Dec. 9, 2023, it is not necessary to fill out a form from the Chamber of Commerce.

First, our next Lake Country Cruisers Car & Bike Show will be a week from this Saturday, December 9, 2023, at the American Legion Post 25, in Lake Placid, Florida. The show starts at 11 am and wraps up around 1:30 pm.

Second, the Town of Lake Placid always has its Annual Christmas Parade on the 2nd Saturday of December, the same day we are having our Car Show. We have been invited to put out to the  Cruisers to be part of the Christmas Parade!

If you would like to “Cruise with the Cruisers” in the Lake Placid Christmas Parade, email Scott at… lightoak@comcast.net . There is NO CHARGE.

We have heard some chatter about the 2024 SVRA Hagerty Cars & Caffeine Show on February 24, 2024. DON’T BUY YOUR TICKETS, YET!

After January 1, 2024, Toni Strollo will issue a generous Discount Code. We’ll let you know when the code is available.

Hope everyone had a delightful Thanksgiving and weekend. See you December 9 at Legion Post 25! – Scott, Pete, & Ron

 

Cruisers Veterans Day Car & Bike Show – Nov 11, 2023

Greetings Cruisers! We are entering Florida’s PERFECT weather for Car Shows! This is why people from all over America flock to Florida for winter vacations.

The next Lake Country Cruisers Veterans Day Car & Bike Show is Saturday, November 11, 2023. The show starts at 10 am and wraps up at 1:30 pm. Legion Grill-Master, Larry will be cooking up American food for lunch; hot dogs, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers.

Veterans Day falls on the same day as our regular 2nd Saturday of the month scheduled show at the American Legion Post 25 on Rt. 27, in Lake Placid. “Vets and Cars” go together like “peas and carrots”. As the Car Culture was created here in America in the 1920s and 1930s, fun cars and car events are as Americana as it gets!

For our Veterans Day show, we’re offering…

No charge for Vets
Everyone gets an American flag
Coffee & Donuts
Rock’n Roll Music
Grilled Burgers, Cheeseburgers, and Hot Dogs
Door Prizes
50/50
Cruiser of the Month

Lake Country Cruisers and American Legion Post 25 are associated with the Veterans Council of Highlands County. As the Car & Bike Show falls on Veterans Day, we are asking our attendees to bring non-perishable items that will be given to the Veteran’s Council of Highlands County’s Pantry.

Many Vets in Highlands County need help. We are asking everyone to bring non-perishable personal care items, non-perishable foods, and gas cards, grocery store cards are perfect. There will be a donation box at the Sign-In table.

If you are planning to come to the show, bring a friend to our car party. And if you have the grandchildren for the weekend, bring them along too. We are dog-friendly, so bring Fido, just keep him on the leash, and clean up after him.

Children can walk about freely!

Hope to see everyone soon! – Scott, Pete, & Ron

BRING YOUR FLAGS!!!

Next Lake Country Cruisers Car & Bike Show October 14, 2023

The heat is off, let’s have a car show!

Greetings, Cruisers! Now that the oppressive, hot weather is behind us, it’s time to rev-up a Lake Country Cruisers Car & Bike Show! The next Cruisers Car & Bike Show will be Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lake Placid American Legion Post 25, on Rt. 27, in Lake Placid. Post 25 is at the north end of the Lake Placid city limits.

Look for their big, new “Honoring Veterans” mural on the front of the building!

The Cruisers always put on a “car party” with Rock’n Roll music, great Door Prizes, a generous 50/50, and a Cruiser of the Month award. Registration is only $5 at the sign-in tent. The American Legion backyard grill master, Larry will be serving up hot dogs, burgers, and cheeseburgers for lunch. The inside bar will be open to Legion members for everything from soft drinks, bottled water, beer, and hard drinks. Legion members are allowed to purchase drinks for non-members.

Highlands County has an amazing car culture. At a typical Cruisers Show, you’ll see classic cars, muscle cars, muscle trucks, hot rods, rat rods, drag racing cars, custom cars, custom trucks, sports cars, European cars, and just sweet old drivers.

Remember, our Car & Bike shows are family-friendly, so bring the kids and grandkids. Dogs are allowed too, just keep them on a leash and clean up after them. Do you have friends with motorcycles, or do you have a motorcycle, bikes are invited too! We just love machines of all kinds; two, three, and four-wheel machines.

We’ll see you on October 14!Scott, Pete, & Ron

PS – When you come in, you can’t miss Legion Post 25’s beautiful new mural!!!

Visit… http://legionpost25.com/

This Saturday’s Car & Bike Show CANCELED!

Greetings Cruisers! Well, you don’t need us to tell you that it’s a HOT summer here. The forecast for this Saturday is that the low for the day before sunrise will be 77 degrees and a high temp of 96 degrees.

Those numbers are AMBIENT air temps and do not reflect the heat index that factors in humidity. It’s going to be one of the hottest days of the summer.

So, because we don’t want anyone dropping from the heat, we have decided to CANCEL this Saturday’s show due to BAD WEATHER.

Sorry, Cruisers. Please let your other Cruiser pals know, just in case they don’t read this.

We’ll be back to you about the September show at the Lake Placid American Legion.

Y’all stay cool now! – Scott, Pete, & Ron

2023 Caladium Festival Car & Bike Show

Yes, it was another HOT ONE, but HEY, it was the end of July in South-Central Florida! (Slide Show Below!)

Greetings Cruisers! Despite the challenging heat, Devane Park was packed with cars, trucks, bikes, and happy people. Plus, we had the classic ambiance of the U.S. Sugar Express steam locomotive train.

There’s nothing like the lonesome sound of a steam train whistle. But being that we’re car and bike people, you could also say the same things about a big-block Chevy or Hemi with open headers or a big-bore Harley-Davidson.

From the 2022 Caladium Car & Bike Show

The gates opened at 7 am and as usual, cars were lined up by 6:30 to get a good parking spot near a tree. “DJ Ben” fired up his machine, a big, honk’n soundboard, and speakers by 8 am. You gotta have tunes for a car & bike show!

 

 

 

This year’s Caladium Festival Car & Bike Show had a simplified Awards deal. Here are our winners!

“Farthest Traveled” – Troy Evans, 2020 Corvette Stingray from Washington State

“Mayor’s Choice – John Donato, 1930 Ford Hot Rod

“People’s Choice” – Anthony Poplunek, 1932 Ford Hot Rod

“Mayor’s Motorcycle Choice & Police Chief Motorcycle Choice” – Jeff Mace Custom Harley-Davidson

“Most Members of a Car Club” – “No Name Car Club”

“50/50 Winner of $900” – Chris Barry

 

 

 

 

Our next Lake Country Cruisers Car & Bike show will be Saturday, August 12, from 9 am to noon at the Lake Placid American Legion, on Rt. 27 in Lake Placid, Florida.

Legion Pit Master “Larry” will be slinging the burgers and dogs!

Lake Country Cruisers will supply the Rock’n Roll music, great door prizes, Cruiser of the Month, Bike of the Month, 50/50, plus a 50/50 runner-up prize. Lake Country Cruisers Car & Bike Shows are Family-Friendly and Dog-Friendly. So, bring the kids, grand kiddos, and Poochie! (we ask that you keep your doggie on a lead and clean up after any messes)

We’ll see you there! – Scott, Pete, & Ron

2023 Caladium Car & Bike Show This Saturday!

Greetings Cruisers,

   Just a reminder that this Saturday, July 29, 2023, is the 32ndth Annual Caladium Festival Car & Bike Show at Devane Park in beautiful downtown Lake Placid, in the roundabout circle.

The Registration gate opens at 7 am. If you did not Pre-Register, the Registration Fee is $25.

Here are the Rules for Participation

1. Registration opens at 7 am on Saturday, July 29th at the park and closes promptly at noon.

2. ABSOLUTELY no early admissions to the show field.

3. All show parking sites will be assigned by show officials.

4. All trailered show cars must be driven onto the show field.

5. Parking will be provided for trailers and tow cars adjacent to the show field.

6. Cars to be judged must have trunk and hood open and windows down.

7. No bicycles. skateboards, skates, or scooters are allowed on the show field.

8. “For Sale” signs are permitted on the windshield for the sale of the vehicle, but no parts sales.

9. For their safety, all minor (Under 18) children must be supervised by an adult.

10. All decisions are final.

* Dash Plaques & Goody bags to the first 150 registered vehicles

* Music by GNR Sounds (DJ Ben)

* Food provided by the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce

* Beer Garden

* 50/50, plus consolation prizes (last year’s 50/50 was $1,000!)

* Little Miss Caladium Pageant, sponsored by Bittner Bridal, in Lake Placid.

2023 Awards: Awards Presentation at 1:30 PM

Awards include;

* Peoples Choice

* Police Chief’s Choice

* Mayor’s Choice

* Most in a Club

* Furthest Driven

Follow the Car Show signs from US Highway 27 to Devane Park.

And lastly, Cruisers, when you register, remember to register as “Lake Country Cruisers” so we have a chance at winning the “Most in a Club” award!

Rain or Shine – No Refunds.

Just a reminder, it will be HOT (big surprise, right?), so be sure to pace yourself and drink plenty of liquids; and not just beer! Find a shady spot and do your best to chill.

We’ll see you there! – Scott, Pete, & Ron

 

 

PS – Cruisers, our next Car & Bike Show will be on August 12 at the Lake Placid American Legion, on rt. 27, in Lake Placid, FL. The show will run from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. If you have a motorcycle, bring it, or have friends with a bike, invite them! We like two, three, four, and six-wheel machines!