Classic cars and hot rods of all descriptions will roll into the central Douglas County July 9 to 13 for the 2014 Graffiti Weekend, the 33rd annual event.
Umpqua Flatheads President Dave Owens said last year’s Roseburg Graffiti Night Cruise was one of the biggest ever, with about 690 participants.
“I’m hoping it will be about the same this year,” Owens said.
What started as a simple idea between a couple of local car clubs has grown into an event that draws about 20,000 spectators and participants over its five-day run. That first weekend began with two events, the Show and Shine at River Forks Park and the night cruise. Twenty-two different events are scheduled this year.
Because younger members enjoy working on muscle cars from the mid-70s, the cutoff date was changed last year from 1972 to 1975 or older.
The cruise is scheduled for 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Roseburg.
Owens said the event draws many volunteers who put up and take down barricades, sell T-shirts and otherwise help out.
“We depend on our volunteers,” he said.
The Saturday show-and-shine event at River Forks Park typically draws as many as 500 to 1,000 cars.
About 70 percent of the registered cars come from out of the area.
Graffiti Weekend had its first run back in 1982, with participants and spectators reliving the 1950s by cruising some classic cars down Harvard Avenue in Roseburg.
Now, each summer, hundreds gather downtown to join the founders of the Graffiti Night Cruise in remembering a simpler time.
Since those early days, the cruise has grown into one of Douglas County’s most noteworthy events, chock-full of hot rods, barbecues and other family entertainment known as Graffiti Weekend.
Anybody interested in sponsoring an event or being a partner in one can call 541-672-5634 for more information. Details are also available online at graffitiweekend.com.