More than 130 vehicles turned out Friday afternoon for one of the largest turnouts ever for the Cedartown Cruise-in, which is in its second year.
Event organizer Donnie McKibben said he was pleased at how the event continues to grow. It is attracting participants from a wider area.
"We had a great turn out for this one," McKibben said. "I counted 130 vehicles at one point."
A special draw for this event was the 1970 Plymouth Gran Fury police vehicle, brought by Attalla, Ala. resident Glenn Ewing.
The vehicle was one used by the sheriff's department in McNary County, Tenn., around the period immortalized by Sheriff Buford Pusser in the 1973 movie, "Walking Tall." Pusser was sheriff in McNary County from 1964 to 1970.
In addition to the vehicle, which still sports McNary County Sheriff's Department markings and police equipment, Ewing has a variety of movie memorabilia -- including clips from the 1973 film shown in a television in the car's trunk -- along with newspaper clippings and other history about Pusser's campaign to battle moonshining, gambling and other vices in his West Tennessee county.
Pusser survived several assassination attempts, which law enforcement claimed were the work of organized crime elements known as the Dixie Mafia and the State Line Mob.
His wife, Pauline, was murdered Aug. 12, 1967, during another ambush in which Pusser was severely injured.
Ewing's vehicle was to remain on display throughout the downtown Cedartown event, which was scheduled to wind down "after dark."
Ewing said he will also be showing the car next weekend at the classic vehicle show being put on by the Cedartown Exchange Club in recognition of its 100th year. The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Polk County Fairgrounds, next to the Cedartown Hwy. 27 Bypass.