2018 Cruise-In gets underway next week

Published 4:12 pm Friday, March 30, 2018

Downtown Elizabethton will soon receive an influx of classic cars.

With over 30 years of service to the community, the Carter County Car Club will unveil their 2018 Saturday Cruise-In series on Saturday, April 7. From April to October, the Cruise-In will take place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. each Saturday as a way to bring attention to the area, allow classic car enthusiasts a chance to share in fellowship and raise funds for various children’s organizations across the region.

One of the key elements offered by the organization is their annual car show, which is scheduled to take place downtown on Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., which would then be carried over into the regularly scheduled Cruise-In.

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Information on the upcoming series can be viewed by searching cartercountycarclubtn.com on Facebook. The page provides information on the event, pictures from previous events and updates on how to register for the July car show.

Club members have been active in the community over the years by raising funds for local children’s organizations during each event.

2017 proved to be a successful year for the club with members raising over $12,000, with $6,000 going to benefit the Salvation Army’s Christmas Tree Program.

During last year’s annual trip to Elizabethton Wal-Mart for the Christmas Tree Program, members were able to deliver Christmas cheer to 60 children from the area.

“We had a lot of people come by our cruise-ins this year,” Bob Livingston, past president, told the Elizabethton Star following the 2017 event. “Each event, we have a barrel set up that is used to accept monetary donations. It really has been a successful year.”

Other programs that receive assistance from the club include the Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County, the accelerated reader program in Carter County Schools, Children’s Evangelism, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Friends of Down Syndrome, and the Elizabethton Back-2-School Bash.

While tackling their mission, improvements were also made downtown for the cruise-in in 2017 with the completion of the restroom facility located downtown — primarily constructed with volunteer labor from club members.

Even though the shopping has concluded, members will continue finalizing their effort with the Salvation Army in the coming weeks, while also looking ahead for the next cruise-in season.

Residents can visit www.cartercountycarclubtn.com to learn more about the club and their mission for the community.