Model T's slated to roll through Crowley once again
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – Monday, March 28, Historic Parkerson Avenue may look like a scene from the early 1900s.
Right now, 28 cars and 61 people will make the trek to Crowley for a day in the Rice Capital complete with tours and good food.
The trip is being spearheaded by the Model T Club of Tulsa, but is not limited to just cars from Oklahoma.
The club is slated to visit the Grand Opera House of the south, the Ford Building, Levy Park (weather permitting), The Gallery and Crystal Rice Heritage Farm throughout the day.
Needless to say, by 9:30 a.m. Monday, the area near city hall and the Grand Opera House of the South will be surrounded by Model T cars.
The group has visited Crowley once before, several years back.
“We were going to do the Natchitoches trip, and everyone we talked to wanted to return to the Lafayette area,” said Mary Jones. Jones is part of the group that helped coordinate the trip with Charlotte Jeffers in Crowley.
“People just wanted to go back,” said Jones.
Members of the Tulsa club are not the only ones making the trip to Louisiana, people and cars from other states, such as Florida, Alabama and Massachusetts, will also be in town.
“I don’t know how many states we’ll have a car from, but, we’ll have some all over the country,” said Jones.
The club will be in the Acadiana area for five days and will be doing a lot during that time. Some members of the club will be spending time in the area through Saturday, April 2.
The club is not a typical Model T club.
“We don’t just show our cars, we drive them,” said Jones. “We have to take the back roads because the car goes 35 MPH downhill, but it’s worth it. It’s a good outing.”
Jones says the club is made up of a lot of elderly people, but they do try, and sometimes succeed in, attracting younger people into their midst.
“It’s just something you get hung up on,” said Jones.
Of the 61 people slated to make the trip, some will be making their first trip down to Acadiana, while others wanted a return trip.
The group will start their time in Crowley Sunday with registration, their tours and sightseeing will occur Monday. They will begin their day at the Grand Opera House of the South at 9:30. At around 10:30, they will visit the Ford Building which houses Crowley City Hall, the Rice Interpretive Center, the History of Crowley Museum, the Ford Automotive Museum and the J.D. Miller Music Museum. At noon, weather permitting the cars will line Levy Park and lunch will be enjoyed by the 61 visitors. Following their lunch in the park, the group will return to Parkerson to visit The Gallery at 1:30 p.m. Their last stop will be the Crystal Rice Heritage Farm at 2:30. Times can change, pending weather and other outside elements.