Do you have a hot rod, classic or exotic car? When we officially re-open Fulton Street, we’re going to start the celebration with a car cruise, Draggin’ the Main.
The first group of cars through will be 1964 and older. Why? Because that’s when the pedestrian mall (Fulton Mall) went in and the biggest cruise in the Central Valley was dispersed. We’ll start with the feel from those good old days that some of us have experienced, and many more have just heard about.
After that we’ll have groups of 1965 and newer cars, including more classics, customs, and exotics. All of them will drag the main for a couple of hours and then many will park on the street to give us all a great backdrop for photos we can share all over social media.
Surrounding communities supporting downtown Fresno
I am often asked, “How are you going to get people from north Fresno back downtown?” When people used to drag the main, they came from all over the Central Valley. It wasn’t just a Fresno thing.
People from the surrounding communities have been coming into town to shop, visit their doctor or lawyer, do their banking and shopping, and see a movie for years. I often think that Selma, Fowler, Kerman, Sanger, and Reedley will be great downtown supporters. Plus, the surrounding neighborhoods are connected by Van Ness and Fulton, Kearney and Huntington. There are 1.7 million people within a 45-minute drive of downtown. The freeway system that has gone in over the past few decades connects downtown to our whole region.
Pop-up businesses wanted
At the Fulton re-opening party, we have room for a few pop-up businesses, too. We are going to fill the vacant storefronts with real businesses to stage the downtown that will be unfolding. Just like vacant houses are staged with furniture to help people visualize space, we are going to stage downtown so that people can visualize what a revitalized Fulton Street will look like.
Plus, it will help potential businesses to understand this developing entertainment district. The pop-up businesses that are already participating include music venues, art galleries, restaurants, and shops. We only want businesses and nonprofits that have a business license, insurance, and a fun concept. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a storefront.
How to register for Draggin’ the Main
Fulton Street Party is Saturday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 10 p.m. You can register your car for Draggin’ the Main here.