Elizabethton City Council Discusses Weekly Downtown Auto Shows | New
ELIZABETHTON – One of Elizabethton’s most well-known downtown events was discussed at Thursday’s Eliza-Bethton City Council meeting. Council members and citizens took the opportunity to discuss the weekly auto shows that take place in the downtown blocks of East Elk Avenue from April through October.
Joy McCray, executive director of the Eliza-Bethton / Carter County Chamber of Commerce, said understanding that auto shows weren’t supposed to start until 5 p.m. was not being followed. She said some people parked their classic cars in prime parking lots hours before the show started. Other traders said some auto show fans set up lawn chairs hours before the shows started.
Eddie Brumitt, president of the Carter County Car Club, the organization that hosts the shows, said there were around 35 active car club members and those who arrived early were often not club members.
Several downtown merchants said that weekly car the shows were enjoyed and helped their business, while other merchants said weekly shows on Saturdays theircustomers away and they close their businessesclosed during the motor show.
McCray said the House had scheduled events for Saturday in June and July and called for compromise and coordination.
Councilor Jeff Treadway agreed the key was compromise. “We all want the best for Elizabethton,” Treadway said. He called on everyone to be willing to work together.
Other traders reported inadequate signage to inform visitors about the parking lot. Some visitors may not have been familiar with the large parking lots located a block behind Elk Avenue.
A few business owners said the auto show attracts the same people every weekend. They said if other events could take place on certain Saturdays, it could attract new people to the downtown area.
Mayor Curt Alexander said the issue should be added to the list of items for city council to discuss at an upcoming council retreat.