Car enthusiasts plan community events

Scott Liles

| Baxter Bulletin

Two local car groups will host Halloween-themed community events on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The Bad Habits car club and the Cruisers of Mountain Home will hold a parade through downtown Mountain Home beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday. Cars participating in the parade will line up around Hospital Drive and travel through downtown Mountain Home to the Baxter County Courthouse.

After the parade, the cars will relocate to the campus of Arkansas State University-Mountain Home for a Trunk n’ Treat event at 7:30 p.m.

This will be the first community event hosted by the Cruisers of Mountain Home group, which formed about 6 weeks ago.

“We all started hanging out, and we basically started doing mini car meets every Saturday at AutoZone,” said Cruisers of Mountain Home organizer Bobby Pavey. “We had three or fours cars to start, then it really blew up once we started advertising it on social media.”

The group’s first large-scale meet, orginally planned to be held in the parking lot of the former Fred’s building, drew 170 vehicles and had to be relocated to the Hobby Lobby parking lot.

“Once we got so many people together, we thought we needed to do something for the community,” Pavey said.

Ray Frazier of the Bad Habits car club said events like the parade and trunk n’ treat are aimed at encouraging kids to become the next generation of car ethusiats.

“You want to try and keep kids inspired about cars,” he said. “We love to hear that kids are excited about cars.”

The Cruisers of Mountain Home organization is active on Facebook and can be found by searching “Cruisers of Mtn Home.” The group’s meetups are open to cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and dune buggys.

“Anything with a motor and wheels,” joked Frazier.

Parade and Trunk n’ Treat

Saturday, Oct. 24

6 p.m., Parade through downtown

7:30 p.m., Trunk n’ Treat at ASUMH

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