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story.lead_photo.caption Members of the Central Missouri Mustang and Ford Club take a break during their 2021 National Mustang Day cruise on Apr. 24.

Members of the Central Missouri Mustang and Ford Club are excited about events they’ve planned for the summer.

The club has approximately 50 members surrounding the Central Missouri area from Kingdom City to Lake of the Ozarks, back up to California and over to Linn. In previous years, there were as many as 62 members; however, the COVID-19 pandemic affected membership in 2020.

National Mustang Day was observed April 17 as that was the day the first Mustang was sold in 1964.

Club members had planned to celebrate with a cruise on the 17th but were rained out. So on Saturday, 19 cars participated in a cruise starting in Jefferson City, stopping in Iberia for a break before ending at Lake of the Ozarks for lunch.

Cyndi Summers has been president of the Central Missouri Mustang and Ford Club for five years.

“It’s great to have a hobby and enjoy driving throughout the state of Missouri seeing the scenery and visiting quaint restaurants and to be able to donate money to Central Missouri charities,” Summers said. “We were able to donate a total of $4,000, with $1,000 donated to the Central Missouri Honor Flight, Toys for Tots, Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home, and Fisher House Helping Military Families.”

The next big event for the club will be Shelbyfest, which is May 6-8 in downtown Jefferson City. Summers said most of the club members will participate in this annual event, which is celebrating its 14th anniversary this year.

Shelbyfest began in Hermann with 26 cars, and over the years, it grew beyond that town’s capacity. It moved to the Capital City in 2015. The main show takes place along High Street.

The club’s next car show is Sept. 19 at Capital Mall.

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