Cruise-In event rolls into Hamlin

The free event will kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Hamlin parking garage between Ford’s Garage and the Cinépolis movie theater.

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A new tradition is picking up speed in Horizon West. 

Hamlin is set to host the first Cruise-In event Saturday, Jan. 14, at the parking garage between Ford’s Garage and the Cinépolis movie theater.

The first Hamlin Cruise-In will be a 1950s-themed event for cars and trucks between 1950 and 1979.

Heather Easterling, events and public relations coordinator at Boyd Development, is in charge of running the event.

“The event is designed to bring car lovers together to help them engage in their passion and encourage individuals and families from all over to come out and see some cool cars, listen to music, eat, have fun, take some pics and make memories,” she said.

Easterling said a car show always has been on the organization’s wish list of events for Hamlin, and this past year, Boyd Development has had some local residents reach out about helping to bring the idea to fruition.

Eric Jacky, of Horizon West Car Fest, has had two successful car shows in Hamlin so far, and Boyd now has been working with Lou Ferraro to create a unique event showcasing classic cars.

In addition to a large showcase of classic cars, the event will feature deejay entertainment from Renee Adams, food trucks, Hamlin tenants, kids’ activities with a 1950s twist and photo opportunities.

Some of the popular local vendors participating include Smoking Soul BBQ, Juicy Lucy Burgers, Raul’s Hot Dog Cart, Snow Kone Factory, Fabio Ludwig Valio Craft Wood Art for Cars and Elliot Davis Photography. 

Local businesses and professionals attending will include Crisp and Green, Toastique, HOTWORX, Craig Martin State Farm Insurance, AT&T, Woof Gang Bakery, Bears Who Care, and Horizon West Happenings.

Easterling said she hopes to see as many people as possible come out and enjoy the Hamlin Cruise-In.

“We hope that Hamlin will become a car-show destination and that the Hamlin Cruise-In will become a favorite community event so that we can have more of them in the future,” she said.

Those who wish to be part of the event or future events should contact Jay Tillman at [email protected].



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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