North Gratiot Cruise & Chesterfield 5K & Craft Fair

An event you don’t want to miss out on, happening September 23, 2023. 

Cars, Runs, Crafts

The Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce (a subsidiary of the Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce) has been featuring the North Gratiot Cruise, a 501c3 nonprofit, for over ten years, and in this time has granted $50,000 to community groups. 

A fundraising event where net proceeds are distributed to local community groups, such as, food banks, homeless shelters, veterans, local UAW, schools, benevolent fund for police officers, and more. An event to help improve local communities through bringing cars and people together. 

Thousands of surrounding communities come out to enjoy one of the nicest car shows every year. Now, as growth continues, they are shifting throttles to open the enjoyment opportunities for the locals by adding Chesterfield 5K, Parades, and welcoming the newest edition, a Craft Fair in 2023. 

Through the North Gratiot Cruise, contestants have the opportunity to win cash prizes. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded in each class: Stock & Modified. Scoring is performed by knowledgeable and impartial judges in five different areas: Body, Engine, Interior, Paint, and Wheels. 

First place can win up to $300, second place up to $200, third place up to $100, and the best overall in show can win up to $1000. This event is one of the top paying cash awards in Michigan. 

The route runs between hall road and 23 mile road through Chesterfield. Cruise Headquarters is located in the parking lot of Value City Furniture/Kohl’s on Gratiot/Cotton Rd. near 23 Mile rd., Chesterfield Twp.

North Gratiot Cruise

Car Show: 10:00am || Parade: 12:00pm || Awards: 4:00pm

Enjoy live music bands, food trucks, and more! 

Bring your family and friends and set up along Gratiot to watch the show unfold. 

Join the Chesterfield 5K Run

This year will mark the 3rd Annual Chesterfield 5K, a same-day running event. Join in the competition and have a healthy rivalry by pledging support to a local school district! There is a 1K fun run/walk, non-competition based, to show your support in a fun and friendly walk.  

The 5K run begins on Cotton Road with runners traveling away from Gratiot Avenue. The course will have clear markers and indicators of the path. Completion of the path will lead back to Cruise Headquarters. The 1K run will remain onsite at Cruise Headquarters for the duration of the fun run/walk. Bibs will be given to those who want them, but racing times will not be recorded. 

You have a chance to support a local school district who could win a $1000 grant to their athletic department! 

Schedule of Events for Chesterfield 5K

All registrants receive an event t-shirt and medal! Water and snacks are also provided. 

It’s encouraged to register in advance, although, same day registration, will be available at Cruise HQ. 

Check-In Table Opens: 8:00am || Warm-Up: 8:30am || Both Events Begin: 9:00am 

Cost to Participate  

Those aged 18 and under can run for free, if over 18+ there are fees. Early bib and t-shirt will be available on: Friday, September 22: 5pm-7pm. Value City 50400 Gratiot Ave., New Baltimore, MI 48051

5K Run/Walk || Adults: $30 || Students: $10 || Seniors: $10 || 1K Fun Run/Walk || $10 for everyone!

Cash Prizes

Participants will have the chance to win cash prizes and a $25 Hanson’s gift card will go to the top finisher in each category. 

1st Place Male: $500 || 1st Place Female: $500

2nd Place Male: $250 || 2nd Place Female: $250

3rd Place Male: $100 || 3rd Place Female: $100

Age Groups

Youth: 13 and under || High School: 14-18 || Overall Twenties: 19-29 || Overall Thirties: 30-39 

Overall Forties: 40-49 || Master: 50-59 || Grandmaster: 60-69 || Great Grandmaster: 70+

Welcome to the Newest Edition: Artisan Craft Fair! 

Welcoming an Artisan Craft Fair for its first year at the Annual North Gratiot Cruise! Enriching the community experience to expand interests and an opportunity to connect with others. 

There is a wide range of craft categories to bring artisans from all over to join in on the excitement. A new opportunity for craft vendors in Chesterfield by joining in on the North Gratiot Cruise events. The Artisan Craft Fair will be located just south of Gratiot and 23 Mile Rd. intersection in the Value City Furniture parking lot, along with the annual Car Show. 

Craft Start Time

Artisan Craft Fair: 10:00am

Craft Categories

Jewelry || Art and Books || Bath and Beauty Products || Candles || Dolls and Miniatures || Furniture || Holiday-Themed Goods || Housewares || Paper Goods || Patterns || Pet Accessories || Plants and Edibles || Quilts || Toys || Vintage Items || Ceramics and Pottery || Children’s Items || Clothing || Crochet and Embroidery 

Vendor Information 

Vendor space is limited to 40 vendors, so register early for a spot! As a vendor, you will be provided with one 10” x 10” space in the parking lot in front of the event partner, Value City Furniture. Vendors will provide their own tent, shelter, and table coverings. 

Register as soon as possible to become a vendor at the craft fair! 

Vendors will need to submit a $25 registration fee via PayPal (link on form). 

For More Information

You can email Donna Weatherby for any questions or assistance registering for the events! or (313) 510-8340

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