Devils Run starting today as planned, says organizer

Sue Kraft, Lifestyles Editor
Classic cars and trucks have already been spotted around town, as the Devils Run officially kicks off. This truck was parked outside of a local motel on Friday morning.

Devils Run is not cancelled!

That is the message organizer Stan Orness wants to pass on to participants and spectators alike.

“I am getting calls, some people think that Devils Run is cancelled,” Orness said in an early morning e-mail. “It is the Classtiques Rod Run in Bismarck and the Buggies and Blues in Mandan that have cancelled.”

High water and treacherous road conditions have forced the cancellation of one of the popular events, the Muscle Car Show, which was scheduled for today at the Spirit Lake Casino.

The management of the casino announced on Wednesday that the event would be cancelled because of the poor condition of Highway 57.

“Participants are not going to want to drive their vehicles across Highway 57 and the detours are difficult to maneuver at best,” the statement said. “We hope to resume the event in 2012, making it bigger and better than ever.”

Orness said those with muscle cars can gather Friday afternoon in Roosevelt Park.

“You will be able to line up your cars on the grass north of the north road, which goes around the park,” he said. “This should be a nice spot and your cars should show nice.”

Always optimistic, Orness added, “In fact, I think it will make a beautiful site.”

The Devils Run kicks off in full force today with city-wide rummage sales, a swap meet in the park and numerous open houses around the city. Tonight will feature a number of events, including the burnout competition at 6 p.m., balance beam competition at 7:30 p.m., muffler rapping competition at 9 p.m., open exhaust muffler rapping competition at 9:30 p.m. and the flame throwing competition at 10 p.m., followed by an exhibition flame thrower. All of the events will be held at Roosevelt Park.

Saturday will include a parade at 9:45 a.m., a petting zoo at Wally's Supermarket, a women's 'Shopping Extravaganza' at Bill Jerome Arena, Corvette Rally at the Nite Owl Lounge and a steak fry in Roosevelt Park.

The Kiwanis will be holding the steak fry from 4-7 p.m. for Devils Run participants and the general public. Cost is $10 if not Devils Run registrant.

A pie and ice cream fundraiser will also be held at the Old Post Office Museum on Saturday, to raise money for the Lake Region Heritage Center.

The annual Devils Run will wrap up on Sunday with a swap meet, concessions and a multitude of activities in the park.

The classic cars will be on display all day and live entertainment will be provided from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closing ceremonies and awards presentations will begin at 2:30 p.m.

“The weather is nice and the forecast is very promising,” Orness said. “This will be the best Devils Run ever!”