Carter County Car Club returns to downtown Elizabethton on Saturday afternoon

John Thompson • Apr 3, 2018 at 8:15 PM

ELIZABETHTON — People in Southern California know it is spring when the swallows return to Capistrano and folks in Carter County know spring has returned when the classic cars line up in downtown Elizabethton on Saturday night.

This Saturday, April 7, will be the first time this season that the Carter County Car Club will host the annual event that draws car enthusiasts from all over the region.

After a long winter, club president Ron McCloud expects a good crowd on Saturday if the weather cooperates. The weekly cruise-ins will take place every Saturday in downtown Elizabethton from April through October from 5-9:30 p.m.

McCloud said the club continues to attract new car enthusiasts from surrounding states and from other sections of Tennessee. While many classic cars are shown, the only thing a car owner really needs to show his car in the cruise in is a deep pride in the car.

The club will also hold its annual Car Show in downtown on July 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a cruise-in held after the show.

But McCloud said there is another side to the cruise-ins and the car show besides just enjoying beautiful cars and the company of fellow car enthusiasts. That side is the club’s mission of raising funds for local children’s charities.

Last year, the club raised over $12,000 from its events and all of it went to children’s charities. The club’s biggest benefactor is the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, which received $6,000 to make sure that 80 needy boys and girls received a merry Christmas. The club also donated $3,500 to the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County; the accelerated reading program of the Carter County School System was awarded $2,700; the Children’s Evangelism Fellowship received $2,000; The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Carer County got $1,000; and the Friends of Down syndrome got $300.

In discussing the Car Club’s success in holding the cruise-ins downtown, McCloud said he wanted to thank outgoing City Manager Jerome Kitchens.

“He has been very good to work with and we appreciate his support,” McCloud said. Kitchens will be retiring Friday, the day before the first cruise-in of the year.

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