Eighth Annual Cruise for Critters Car Show to Benefit Animals in Need

EAST BROOKFIELD — After a year’s delay, Second Chance Animal Services is gearing up for the eighth annual Cruise for Critters Car Show to be held at Westview Farms Creamery in Monson. The event, which takes place on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include games from the popular Halloween Barktacular fundraiser that had to be canceled due to the uncertainty of COVID-19.

Second Chance Development Director Lindsay Doray said the organization is thrilled to be able to hold this fall fundraising event. “We are looking forward to returning to Westview Farms Creamery. It’s a beautiful venue with homemade ice cream, and there’s something for everyone. In addition to the car show, vendor fair, raffles, K9 demo, and live music from Steel-N-Eazy, we’re bringing along the most popular of our Halloween Barktacular games.”

Westview Farms also offers a corn maze, pumpkin picking, a petting zoo, a playground, and a restaurant offering 30 handmade flavors of ice cream. Visitors may bring their dogs if they are leashed. If the event is rained out, it will take place on Sunday, Sept. 25. The car-show entry fee is $20, and all spectators enter for free. Visit secondchanceanimals.org/cruise for more information.

Doray hopes car enthusiasts, animal lovers, and families looking for fun fall activities will all come out to take in the fun event. “With so many of our fundraisers canceled or moved to virtual or hybrid in the past year, we are so excited to see our supporters again. So many pets are counting on us, and we can’t let them down.”

The Cruise for Critters Car Show was founded by Al Widlan, owner of a Service Connection, which specializes in custom dual-exhaust installation. Widlan’s Service Connection also offers repairs and services for classic and modern vehicles, plus flatbed towing.