This is one proposed route for a "Scoop the Loop" night that is being planned, though at least one change is expected to be made to the route. The event still must be approved by the Common Council.
This is one proposed route for a "Scoop the Loop" night that is being planned, though at least one change is expected to be made to the route. The event still must be approved by the Common Council.

   For a generation of youth, Friday and Saturday nights meant “scooping the loop.”

   Cars laden with teens would crawl down Watson Street while those without four wheels would hang out, calling to their friends as they cruised by.

   It was the place to see and be seen — until April 1994, when the city of Ripon slammed the brakes on the time-honored tradition.

   An ordinance put in place that spring permanently shut down cruising, better known in Ripon as “scooping the loop.”

   Until now.

   Aldermen, perhaps some of whom scooped the loop themselves once upon a time, opened the door to allow groups to request one-night reprieves from the cruising ordinance.

   While the ordinance still stands, the Ripon Common Council agreed unanimously Monday night to place a new exception to the rule: “Any vehicles participating in a public event or celebration approved by the common council.”

   The decision comes at the request of several Riponites billing themselves as the “Scoop the Loop Revival Committee.”

   It’s in the process of planning an annual “scooping” night, this year set for Saturday, Aug. 10 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Read the full story in the June 27, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.