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Cruisin' Downriver, is an annual event which takes place through several Detroit downriver communities and inspired by the Woodward Dream Cruise. People with vintage, classic, tricked-out, or otherwise interesting cars cruise through the main thoroughfare of Fort St M-85 to crowds of spectators lining Fort St. The Downriver Cruise takes place the last Saturday in June and widely promoted by the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The event was spearheaded by state Rep. Edward Clemente (D-Lincoln Park), who was the chamber president at the time, Craig Sochocki, the former mayor of Lincoln Park, Donald W. Thurlow, former News-Herald publisher and Evelyn Cairns, former News-Herald lifestyle editor. Cairns first conceived Cruisin' Downriver in 2000 after her son Glen stated the Woodward Dream Cruise was too far for him to take his Ford Model A. Ultimately, the first Downriver Cruise was held that year and attended by an estimated 200,000 people.
- Burdziak, Alan (June 27, 2013). "The Abridged Story of the Origin of Cruisin' Downriver". Cruisin' Downriver 2013. The News-Herald. Southgate, MI. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
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