County car club prepares for annual Cruise-In

Published 8:42 am Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Carter County Car Club is gearing up for the annual Saturday night Cruise-In series, beginning April 1.

A yearly tradition will soon descend upon Historic Downtown Elizabethton.

The Carter County Car Club will hold their weekly Saturday night Cruise-In starting April 1 and ending October 27 from 5 to 9:30 p.m., weather pending.

With preparation underway, the Club addressed a letter to City Manager Jerome Kitchens to formally approve this year’s event along with asking that bicycle and skateboard traffic be limited during the aforementioned hours. Along with the Cruise-In and traffic requests, the Club is asking for their annual car show to be held on Saturday, July 8. The request will go before City Council on Thursday, March 9.

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“The Carter County Car Club will continue to maintain the speaker system on Elk Avenue and E Street as we have for the last several years,” President Bob Livingston said in the letter. “Car Club members will be responsible for clean-up at the end of each Cruise-In and at the end of our car show. We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to working with you in 2017.”

Founded in 1982, the Carter County Car Club has hosted the annual Cruise-Ins and car show as a means to raise money to help benefit children’s charities within the region.

Various charities have been able to benefit from the Club, including the Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree Program, Friends Down Syndrome Program, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County, the county schools’ accelerated reader program and the Children’s Evangelism Fellowship.

2016 saw the Club reap the benefits of a support system throughout Cruise-In and car show attendees. Throughout their campaign last year, the group was able to raise $4,500 alone just going toward the Christmas Tree program. Along with that, the group was able to make donations to each of their charities they partner with.

For more information on the Car Show, contact or their Facebook page, with the same title, online.