At the second Morris Cruise Night of the season Saturday, there were a lot of cars to gawk at: slick, vintage Oldsmobiles; a Buick dating back to the 1930s.
But there was another vehicle on display Saturday night that got some attention: a customized golf cart the Morris Cruise Night Committee donated to the Morris Police Department.
“We’re appreciative of the Morris Police Department for what they do,” said Herb Wyeth, founder of Cruise Night.
The department already has one golf cart, which it uses to patrol events like Cruise Night and the Grundy County Corn Festival.
The one it received Saturday, during an unveiling near the main tent, is painted black and white and says Morris Police on the bumper.
This isn’t the kind of cart you would leisurely ride along in on some Sunday jaunt on the course. It’s “tricked out” with a rear seat, side pipes, new tires and rims, a windshield, horn and LED police lights.
Sgt. Chad Skelton was present to receive the donation, and he spent a few minutes afterward checking out the new ride.
For Skelton, the donation demonstrated the bond between Cruise Night and the department.
“We work really good with the people from Cruise Night,” Skelton said. “We know how much work they put into this event.”
“We really appreciate [the donation],” Skelton added.
Of course, there was more to Cruise Night than the new golf cart.
It was a night of perfect July weather, and a large crowd came out to enjoy the evening.
There were 842 entries into Cruise Night, beating out the previous record of 826 set last year for most in the event.
“It’s a beautiful night,” Wyeth said.
But it wasn’t just weather that brought the event together. It was, according to Wyeth, the contributions of the volunteers who work to make the event run smoothly.
“It wouldn’t happen without them,” he said.
In addition to the event itself, the volunteers help with the outreach the event committee does — things like the golf cart donated to Morris police and the go-cart they are currently building for Operation St. Nick.
All things that, for Wyeth, make the event about more than cars.
“We like giving back to the community in any way we can,” Wyeth said.