Look for another entertaining year at the 26th annual Bryan Cruise-in on the Square, which kicks off Thursday, May 20, and runs every Thursday evening through Aug. 26.
But if you’re bringing a classic car or vehicle of any sort, be advised: lineup parking on the south and west side of the square this year begins at 5:30 p.m. instead of 5 p.m.
The classic cruise-in will continue to officially begin at 6 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. every Thursday, but the parking spots on the south and west side of the square next to the courthouse will not be closed until 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
This will give county workers and those who are using the courthouse time to vacate before the cruise-in lineup begins, Courthouse Constable Rex Lawrence told county commissioners Monday.
Also present at the meeting Monday were Bryan Cruise-in on the Square committee members Dana Andrews and Dick Bruce, who agreed to the change to 5:30 p.m.
“... our big concern is just starting the lineup a little bit later. 5 p.m. doesn’t give us time to get people out of courthouse, it doesn’t give us time to get the employees out of here ... starting at 5:30 for the lineup would pretty much fix the issue that I deal with every week of the car show,” Lawrence said.
Commissioners said they had no issue and supported the change.
“I think 5:30 would make a lot more sense for our people,” Commissioner Terry Rummel said.
After the meeting, Bruce said committee members and volunteers would be manning the entrances to the south and west sides of the square nearest the courthouse to enforce the new lineup time.
“We’re just pushing the lineup back to 5:30. The show still starts at 6 and runs until 8,” he said.
After the meeting, Bruce said he looks forward to the new cruise-in season. He — supported by his wife, Kathy — is a founding member of the committee that began the show that has become a downtown Bryan summer staple in 1995.
Even the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t stop the weekly shows, which continued on through last year.
After 25 years, “I’ve seen everything. And we’re still going,” Bruce said with a quick laugh.
In other action Monday, commissioners:
• Approved a $12,284.85 appropriation for Hillside Country Living to replace a three-phase well pump; and $11,400 to the sheriff’s office for a second computer for the Concealed Carry Weapons program.
• Approved a $1,628 agreement between Michael Frey and Williams County Local Emergency Planning Committees for maintenance of hazard analysis mapping and for input of 2021 chemical inventory into the Williams County Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations database. The term of the agreements is Jan. 31, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2021.
• Signed off on a 0.4-mill levy on the Nov. 2 general election ballot for a period of five years beginning in the tax year 2022 for the Williams County Ohio State University Extension Office.