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New and classic vehicle owners invited to Jefferson’s 1st inaugural Cruise-In

Jefferson's 1st inaugural Cruise-In will be held on the grounds of the Museum of Ashe County History and feature a variety of classic and new cars as well as old and new trucks and motorcycles.

Originally published: Jun. 13, 2013
Last modified: Jun. 13, 2013

Heather Samudio

Old and new cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display at the Museum of Ashe County History Saturday, June 15.

From 4 to 8 p.m., the Olde Towne Jefferson Business Association will host the 1st inaugural Cruise-In at the Museum of Ashe County History.

In addition to providing a “fun-filled day” for people to come and walk around and look at the cars, OTJBA vice president, Garry Elliott, said they are also holding the event to draw visitors to the museum to see what has been done to the old courthouse.

The museum has a variety of exhibits on display, including an introduction to Ashe County, the story of the 1904 Courthouse, a tribute to veterans and the Virginia Creeper Railroad room which features a live-action “Creeper” making its way through the mountains and towns of Ashe County which the railroad traveled through years ago.

The museum will be open throughout the cruise-in and Elliott said volunteers will be on hand to lead museum tours and provide information about the various exhibits and displays.

Outside the museum, the cruise-in will feature DJ Larry South playing an assortment of music, from oldies to beach music.

“He does a great job,” Elliott said of South. “He usually tries to get people involved so we might have a dance before the cruise-in is over.”

Several activities are planned for the event, including a corn hole tournament with a 50/50 purse as well as a 50/50 raffle. Hotdogs, hamburgers and barbecue chicken plates will be sold and organizers are planning to offer Coke floats as well.

“If you buy a ticket for the raffle and don’t win, you can still have a chance to win a great prize from some of our local businesses,” Elliott said.

Organizers are also working to include a few items in a silent auction on the grounds.

Classic car owners and owners of new cars, convertibles, trucks and motorcycles are invited to bring their vehicles out for the event.

Elliott said they weren’t sure how many people would be coming out for the event, but he and others have traveled to area car shows, from Galax, Va. to Lenoir handing out brochures about the Jefferson cruise-in.

He added that most of the Heritage Iron Club members were planning to attend.

“We’re hoping this will be something we can build on,” he said. “There is plenty of room at the museum and this will be a fun-filled evening. We want everyone to come out and see some nice cars and motorcycles and visit the museum.”

There is no admission charge for the event.

The museum is located at 301 East Main Street in Jefferson. Overflow from the event will be on East Main Street.

For more information, contact Elliott at (336) 877-0755.

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