By Joe King, [email protected]

The celebrated Pixie Drive-in once stood as a landmark of Seymour and has now become a part of local history. (The Herald/ Submitted)

The celebrated Pixie Drive-in once stood as a landmark of Seymour and has now become a part of local history. (The Herald/ Submitted)

Anybody who can remember the Pixie Drive-in as a part of Seymour has deep local roots and for residents Tobie and Wayne Reynolds preserving that legacy is a necessary part of continuing a community tradition.

As a way to preserve the slice of Seymour history that is the Pixie Drive-in, Tobie and her husband Wayne are moving forward with the second year of the Pixie Cruise-in.

The cruise-in is a car show featuring karaoke, door prizes, food, and 1950s-style DJ entertainment provided by Wayne Reynolds.

“This whole thing is about community and getting everybody together,” Wayne Reynolds said. “Many of the people who come that day will remember the Pixie Drive-in from the 1950s and 1960s. So we’re trying to bring a little bit of the nostalgia into it for the new comers. The idea behind it is really to entertain people and to give them an outlet to bring their cars out.”

Keeping the line of nostalgia alive for the event is its location at Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ, the same place where the celebrated Pixie Drive-in was operated so many years ago.

Tobie and Wayne Reynolds get excited about the second annual Pixie Cruse-in. (The Herald/ Joe King)

Tobie and Wayne Reynolds get excited about the second annual Pixie Cruse-in. (The Herald/ Joe King)

“In the 1950s and 60s, the Pixie Drive-in was the hangout for all of the kids,” Tobie Reynolds recalled. “Every Friday and Saturday night everybody went to Pixie’s. I remember there was a sign by the door: Banana Splits 35 cents. Back then we all had to chip together to get one with about four or five spoons.”

Wayne Reynolds, who has been passionate about cars his entire life, said nearly any car is welcome to be displayed at the nostalgic cruise-in.

“It doesn’t have to be a show car,” he said. “It can be a rat rod, hot rod, or just about anything else except a new car. Anybody is subject to win. If they put a lot of work into a car, then it’s something they love and we want to showcase it.”

Now into their second year, the Pixie Cruise-in will be held April 4 at 10211 Chapman Hwy. starting at 5 p.m. The event will be held weekly during the warm months of the year going forward from the opening day.

With an average draw of about 50 cars, the Cruise-in is one of the largest car shows in the area, but with a community focus Tobie and Wayne hope to grow the event into more of a large community hangout, such as the Pixie Drive-in once was.

“We’re trying to get the community more involved,” he added. “It’s all about great family fun.”

For more information, call Parton’s at 865-773-0473 or Tobie and Wayne at 865-577-7934.

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