Saturday, Hesperia Civic Plaza Park will be filled with families walking, checking out classic cars and getting healthy.

The Hesperia Recreation and Park District's annual "Cars & Cures" event is bigger than ever due to the inclusion of two additional events alongside its namesake standards.

"I think it's going to be a huge day for family fun of all types," said Don Webb, recreation supervisor for the Hesperia Recreation and Park District. "And pretty much free."

For 24 hours, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will bring teams from around the Victor Valley to Hesperia, walking laps through the park to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Each hour of the event has a different theme.

"It'll be funny one minute, sad one minute," Webb said. "All of us have been touched (by cancer) in some way, and it's worth supporting."

Apple Valley's Over the Hill Gang will also be holding a classic and custom car show at the park. For the first time, the show will include dragsters and race cars.

"I think it's probably going to be larger than it's ever been," Webb said.

People's Choice Awards presentations begin at 2 p.m. Proceeds raised at the show are donated to Victor Valley charities.

For the first time, the event will include a Healthy Hesperia component, sponsored by Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group. The health fair will include free health screenings and distribution of health information.

Originally scheduled for earlier this year, but rescheduled due to bad weather in March, No Drugs America Day will include a variety of family fun events and promotion of clubs and activities that provide a safe alternative to drugs for kids. Children's bicycles will also be raffled off over the course of the day.

"Cars & Cures" kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday at Hesperia Civic Plaza Park, 15833 Smoke Tree St., adjacent to the Hesperia Branch Library. For more information, visit

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