Cool Desert Nights kicks off June 20

Car events, breakfast, street dances planned June 20-23 in Richland, West Richland

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerJune 13, 2013 

One of the hottest summer gigs in the Tri-Cities is the annual Cool Desert Nights event June 20-23 in Richland.

Hundreds of vintage to new cars from across the country will participate in this year's event, which also includes street dances, pancake breakfasts, car cruises and show n' shines.

"This year we added a fourth day to this increasingly popular event," said Lori Mattson, who heads the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce.

The event also has a new feature this year, the autocross, which happens June 23 at the Tri-City Raceway in West Richland.

June 20

Car registration is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richland Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way.

Then from 5 to 9 p.m., cars will gather at the TRAC facility in Pasco, off Interstate 182 and Road 68 for an all-city car cruise that ends at the DQ Grill & Chill, 1313 Jadwin Ave., Richland.

June 21

The show n' shine is from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Les Schwab Tire Center, 2825 Queensgate Drive, Richland, with another car cruise planned from 7 to 9 p.m.

The street dance is from 8 p.m. to midnight at Jack-son's Sports Bar, corner of Lee Boulevard and George Washington Way. Cover charge is $7. There also is a $10 weekend wristband that includes the June 22 street dance.

June 22

The Kiwanis pancake breakfast is from 7 to 11 a.m. at the gazebo at Jefferson Park, across the street from the Uptown Shopping Center on George Washington Way. Cost is $6.

The show n' shine is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Uptown Shopping Center and Jefferson Park. There also will be live music, vendors and food concessions throughout the day in the Uptown parking lot.

A bus pull for Special Olympics and a poker walk start at 9 a.m. And slow drags start at noon, with Richland firefighters playing host to the event.

The car award ceremony starts at 3 p.m., and the street dance at Jack-son's starts at 8 p.m. Cover charge is $10.

June 23

The autocross is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tri-City Raceway in West Richland. The participation fee is $10 for three runs around the track. There is no spectator fee.

For more information about Cool Desert Nights, go to

"Saturday's show n' shine event will have fun activities for kids as well," said Heather Hoppe, event director for the chamber. "Bring the whole family, and enjoy a day of sunshine, classic cars, street rods and motorcycles."


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