CHESHIRE -- Town first responders are asking residents for an extra shot in the arm to keep the Cruz Nite tradition alive and well.
The menagerie of classic cars, vendors, games, gambling and fireworks scheduled every August lost half its funding when Adams stopped contributing in 2012.
Since the inaugural event in 1992, Adams had split the cost with Cheshire until Cruz Nite was moved away from the border on Savoy Road to the elementary school in downtown Cheshire because of the Hoosac Valley Middle & High School construction project.
Accordingly, Cheshire Fire Department and others who help organize Cruz Nite want to increase donations to keep the event rolling ahead in future years.
"[Cheshire residents] became a lot more receptive when it moved to the elementary school because people could just walk over," said Cheshire Police Chief Timothy Garner. "We are going to keep it going, but need to raise more on our own to do it."
The Fire Department recently cast a formal vote in favor of maintaining the event, Garner said.
With this year’s Cruz Nite funded and scheduled for Aug. 9, new donations to Cruz Nite will be put toward next year’s celebration. The total amount needed is $3,850.
Those interested can make donations or purchase tickets for an ongoing 50-50 raffle supporting Cruz Nite at the town Fire and Police departments, or The Gathering restaurant on South Street.
For more information, call (413) 743-3145.
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