Roar-In’ Car Cruise returns to DeKalb

Roar-In' Car Cruise event poster.

Courtesy of Kirsten Nathan-Kotlarchik

Roar-In’ Car Cruise event poster.

Madelaine Vikse , Lifestyle writer

DeKALB The Lions of Illinois Foundation will be hosting the third annual Roar-In’ Car Cruise from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event will take place at 700 N. Peace Road and is free to the public. It is $10 to register to participate in the event, which starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Proceeds will go towards Benefit Lions Student Low Vision Program, which is a free Low Vision Program for Students grades K-12, according to the Lions of Illinois Foundation website. The program provides eye exams, glasses and special equipment for students, said Kirsten Nathan-Kotlarchik,  accounting and office manager with the Lions of Illinois Foundation.

The annual Roar-In’ Car Cruise started in 2018. The event was held virtually last year due to the pandemic.

There will be activities such as guessing how many recyclable items are in a container, gift card drawings, prizes and a variety of awards to those who have a car in the show. “We do recycling, so any recycling we get which is like aluminum, pop can tabs, we do cell phones, we do keys and all of the proceeds from our recycling go back into our programs,” Nathan-Kotlarchik said.

The event will have cars on display as well as trucks and, for the first time, motorcycles. The vehicles will be voted on and awards and plaques will be given out to participants. There will be a hot dog vendor as well as popcorn and water available to attendees.

President of the Lions of Illinois Foundation Jan Entwistle, and the local DeKalb Lions Club and guest MC Phil Masterton will be present at the event, Nathan-Kotlarchik said. Masterton is the NIRIS director of the Northern Public Radio. The NIRIS “provides current print information to blind and print-impaired citizens of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin,” according to the Northern Public Radio’s website

“Help support Student Low Vision. The services that we offer for free. They are no cost at all to the families who would otherwise not be able to probably afford some of these items,”  Nathan-Kotlarchik said. 

Upcoming events held by the Lions of Illinois Foundation include Low-Vision Clinics and Lions Candy Day.

For any further information or questions, email LIFoffice@lifnd.org or call 815-756-5633.