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Gear up for hot time this weekend at Richland's Cool Desert Nights

The Kingsmen will rock the street dance at this year's Cool Desert Nights celebration in Richland, which kicks off today for two days of hot rod nostalgia.

The dance starts at 9 p.m. today in the parking lot at the Uptown Shopping Center. Tickets are $10 at the gate, and all ages are welcome.

But before the Louie Louie guys start rockin' there will be plenty of cool cars to gawk at starting at 11 a.m. at the Shilo Inn and again at 7 p.m. at the Uptown. That's when a plethora of vintage automobiles and hot rods will begin a caravan tour around town. Richland's main drag, George Washington Way, will be shut down for the show.

About 600 classic, antique and souped-up cars are expected to turn out for this year's Cool Desert Nights, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Saturday events start at 7 a.m. when car owners check in to register their cars for the show. There'll also be a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. in the gazebo at Jefferson Park across the street from the Uptown. Cost for the chow is $4.50.

The rest of the day will be packed with show 'n' shines, an antique aircraft display, music, vendors, kids games, slow drags, a barbecue and another street dance featuring the legendary Mike Harvey from the Super Gold Show, which starts at 8 p.m. in the Uptown's parking lot.

Cool Desert Nights schedule


11 a.m.-6 p.m. -- Car registration at the Shilo Inn.

7-9 p.m. -- Registration at the Uptown behind Denny's restaurant.

9 p.m. -- Street dance featuring The Kingsmen.


7-11 a.m. -- Pancake breakfast at Jefferson Park.

7 a.m.-noon -- Car registration at the Uptown.

8 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Antique aircraft display and kids fly free event at the Richland Airport. For more information about this event, call Sundance Aviation at 946-2515.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Car judging in the Uptown parking lot.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Show 'n' Shine with musical entertainment, vendors and concessions opening.

Noon -- Slow drags begin in front of the Richland Firehouse on George Washington Way.

Noon-3 p.m. -- Walk about/poker run around Uptown.

4 p.m. -- Awards ceremony in the Uptown.

6 p.m. -- Barbecue at Jefferson Park. Cost is $8.

8 p.m. -- Street dance featuring Mike Harvey from radio's famous Super Gold Show. Harvey will emcee the event and also will be the deejay who'll play all the music for the wild and crazy street dance. He'll also have dance contests, so practice up on your moves like the twist, the shimmy, the pony, the mashed potato and other classics from the '50s.

Admission is $10 at the gate.

* Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;