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Life at the Old Drive-In: Classic Cars, Muscle Cars, Street Trucks, and Rat-Rods Cruise Into the Former Sonic

Michael Boyink/Herald The former Sonic Drive-in Restaurant on North Jefferson Street got all cleaned up in time for a Memorial Weekend Cruise-in on Saturday, May 23. The facility is now owned by Delena Olson, who also owns the Cedar Chandelier Restaurant next door.

by Michael Boyink /

It pays to have friends.

With a holiday weekend fast approaching, local gearhead Kristina Richards threw an idea at her friend, Delena Olson. Olson had recently acquired the former Sonic Drive-in building on North Jefferson street, next door to the Cedar Chandelier restaurant she already owned.

But she’d been too busy to do much with it.

“I told Delena I could get a cruise-in put together, “said Kristina Richards. “She would just have to handle getting some food and drinks over there.”

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Kristina Richards of Ava (pictured) worked with Delena Olsen, owner of the Cedar Chandeliers Restaurant, to host a Cruise-In at the former Sonic on Jefferson Street in Ava. Richards is pictured with her 1986 Buick Grand National.

The deal was on.

Richards setup around 2:00 PM on Saturday, sitting next to her 1986 Grand National, powered by a turbocharged V6.

Other cars came and went over the course of the afternoon, with attendees hanging out in the shade or drifting over to the restaurant next door for a meal.

Richards said she hoped the event would become a  summer fixture in Ava.

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Ava resident Chuck Martin brought out his 1951 International pickup truck. The International body is mounted to a later-model Ford F150 frame.

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This Mustang fastback was also spotted at the cruise-in.

Watch the Cedar Chandeliers Facebook page for announcements of future events: