PENN YAN—Penn Yan hosted the 16th annual Cruisin’ Night on Main Street in Penn Yan on Friday, June 15.
The street closed at 4 p.m. to accommodate the cars, which went from E. Main Street to just beyond the post office. The showcased vehicles also participated in a parade that started at 8:30 p.m.
This year’s event honored Clarence Ryal, who served as grand marshal. Ryal has participated since the very first Cruisin’ Night and is an honored member of the car show community. Ryal was the very first registrant of the Cruisin’ Night Car Show 16 years ago.
A veteran of WWII, Ryal served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. As a member of local veterans’ organizations, Ryal read the roll of deceased at the village of Dresden’s Memorial Day observances every year until recently. A lifelong local resident, he operated Ryal’s Hotel, north of Dresden for many years, and played piano in a number of area dance bands.
The 1936 Ford has been in Ryal’s family since it was new, belonging to an aunt before it moved into his care. Ryal is 96 this year; he was 20 when the Ford was new.