Hundreds of classic automobiles will line the streets of downtown Elizabethtown this weekend.
The 8th Annual Cruisin’ the Heartland with Swope Family of Dealerships attracts visitors from across the state and beyond its borders for the two-day event.
Streets around downtown will close Friday afternoon as hot rods, muscle cars and practically anything on four-wheels will be on display.
Last year’s Cruisin’ saw an estimated 2,300 cars and about 12,000 visitors.
Cruisin’ the Heartland starts its engines at 5 p.m. Friday with a car cruise downtown.
Local group Bar Nuns performs at 6 p.m. with a free concert at Freeman Lake Park sponsored by Ray’s Trailer Sales of E’town. A car show also takes place at the park with a $15 entry fee to participate.
Following the concert, classic automobiles will cruise back to downtown.
Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday for cars to get set up. The full day of activities downtown begins at 11 a.m. featuring various vendors, a children’s pedal car parade, a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like contest at the Historic State Theater and a concert featuring The Devonshires performing the legends of rock.
Children also have the opportunity to meet Mater from the movie “Cars.”
The Cecilian Bank swap meet takes place in the parking lot of the bank’s downtown customer support center.
“I start setting people in there after 5 o’clock (Friday),” organizer Bill Strader said.
Vendors come from Pigeon Forge and Knoxville, Tennessee, Indianapolis, Lexington and closer offering a wide variety of products.
Visitors have a little bit of everything to choose from — including shirts, license plates, decals, car waxes and polishes, new and used car parts for 1955-1957 Chevys and 1967 thru 1969 Chevy Camaros and truck parts from grills to door handles.
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