By Ashley Rader
Downtown Elizabethton will transform into a car-lover’s paradise with hundreds of cars lining the streets Saturday when the Carter County Car Club’s Cruise In returns.
The show, held every Saturday night from April to October, is open to all makes and models of cars from any year of production and is free for participants and observers alike. The Cruise In averages 300 cars and 2,000 spectators on a typical Saturday night, and closer to 500 cars and 3,000 spectators during the larger annual show in July.
“The array of cars, the different colors and styles, the chrome will take your breath away,” said car club member Ron McCloud. “It is a bright, cheery place to be.”
McCloud noted the attendance at the car show has held steady and generally sees an increase each year. He believes it is because the longer the show is held, more people are aware that it will be happening and they will come out each week to see the different cars.
“It does grow moderately each year,” McCloud said. “It is definitely bigger than it was the first year but it doesn’t grow by leaps and bounds each year.”
Despite the wide variety of cars to be found, McCloud said the Cruise In is not just a car event, but is a “people event” too.