Most of our family vacations involved visiting extended family. We'd spend a few days visiting my aunt and uncle in Connersville, Indiana. He owned an auto repair shop and loved fixing up old cars. He'd fix one up, drive it around but then end up selling it. Then he'd do it again.
I loved seeing the old cars he'd find and restore. Even though I am a car novice, I appreciate the work and dedication it takes to restore vintage cars.
On the first Friday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m., from May to October, the Indy Hi-Winders host the First Friday Cruise In on the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville, Indiana.
Whether you're a car novice or car expert, you'll find something great at this monthly event. I checked out the event last month and it was fun to see the variety of vehicles.
There are so many great cars that show up on the square during the First Friday Cruise Ins. Most of the vehicles have the engine hoods propped up and the windows down so those who pass by can check out the cars inside and out.
This is the time to show off! Owners are proud of their work and are happy to answer questions and talk about the work they've done.
This last month, there were some vintage tractors as well!
Each month, the Indy Hi-Winders gives an award to one of the owners. It's a fun way to acknowledge the hard work that goes into restoring a car and helps create a community feel.
While walking around looking at the cars, you can quickly see people come for more than just the cars. They come for the community. They come to hang out and catch up.
The Indy Hi-Winders have created a great, welcoming atmosphere. They have their main tent set up where you can ask questions, buy a T-shirt or sit and chat for a while.
I sat down and talked with an Indy Hi-Winder, Joe Snyder, for a little bit about the event, and he shared a little about the organization and idea behind the First Friday Cruise In events. Within our short conversation, there were multiple people who stopped in to say hi and chat.
Beyond a fun car event, they've created a space for people to connect and be a part of a community.
Beyond the cars and community, there are great concession options. You can grab a hot dog from the hot dog stand or grab dinner or drinks at the great restaurants around the square.
I grabbed an iced tea from The Brew Lab Canteen and sipped on that as I walked around to check out the cars.
Many of the restaurants and shops stay open later so you can enjoy checking out the local spots too.
Bring your friends and family and wander the square, taking in the well-preserved and beautifully crafted vehicles on display the first Friday of every month in Danville this summer and into the fall.