Cruise to the Woods
Cruise to the Woods is a one of a kind show - an original that brings in cars from all over the Midwest. It is Iowa's largest cruise/car show.Bright and early on Sunday morning cars start to roll out of 10 separate towns from the far edges of Iowa and into Minnesota, Nebraska & Missouri stopping in towns along the way to add more cars,merging with other cruise routes and finally coming together in Stratford, IA. There they fill the streets 3 & 4 abreast, down main street and side streets throughout the small town. The Fire Dept. throws open their doors, offering refreshments and their facilities. For an hour everyone enjoys relaxing,checking out the cars and even shopping in the local, very unique stores. At 11:30 everyone departs creating a huge caravan of hundreds of classic autos of every make, model and year. Their colors rival the beautiful fall colors that surround them as they wind their way through the countryside. All along the way, spectators watch this spectacular parade. At the Webster County Fairgrounds south of Fort Dodge, they find many hundreds of cars already at the park waiting for them. People line the way waving at the newcomers and admiring their cars. The first phase of the Cruise to the Woods is over and it's time to kick back and relax, check out the cars, the crafts and vendors and eat a little dinner. Just remember the "Cruise" is the most important part of the Cruise to the Woods, it is what makes the show unique and so popular.