Antique car show planned downtown Friday evening

By Rozella Hardin

   The Elizabethton Downtown Business Association (EDBA) and the Carter County Car Club are sponsoring an antique car show, the first of many similar events to be held by local merchants, on Friday, Aug. 1.
   Elk Avenue will be closed for the event, and the "cruise-in" will be staged in the 400, 500 and possibly 600 blocks. Elk Avenue will be closed from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
   In addition to the car show, most businesses downtown will be open late to accommodate customers. At the July meeting of the EDBA, merchants expressed an interest in holding more downtown promotional events for the downtown shopping district.
   John Bunn, president of the EDBA, said, "Our businesses will be open. Downtown eateries will be open. The car club is enthusiastic about the Friday night event as are store owners, and we hope the public will come out and enjoy an evening in the downtown."
   Ron McCloud, downtown business owner and car club member, who helped coordinate the event, said the car show will offer car enthusiasts a chance to see polished pieces of automotive history.
   "There's a lot of history in these cars. Most of us who collect the cars liked them when we were younger, when we cruised at the Dutch Maid and the Blue Circle. There is solace in the fact that the cars that once met at those old hangouts are still cruising. Still turning heads. Still providing entertainment in small towns such as ours," said McCloud.
   "As well as enjoy the old cars, we hope those who come downtown will take note of the variety of stores and do some shopping," McCloud added.
   Downtown merchants recently re-organized and projects on the agenda include making downtown streets more attractive by adding new street and canopy lighting, more and better trash receptacles, and new landscaping to replace the Bradford pear trees, which will soon be removed by the city. Plans call for replacing the trees with smaller trees and bench planters.
   The Downtown Business Association will meet Friday, Aug. 1, at 8 a.m. at The Coffee Company on Elk Avenue. All downtown business owners are invited to attend the meeting and to participate in the association.