Cruise-In and market coming to Ashe County museum

Wil Petty Staff Writer

August 15, 2013

A combination of a Cruise-In and local produce and craft vendor market will take place in downtown Jefferson Saturday.

Hosted by the Olde Town Jefferson Business Association, Saturday’s activities combine two events the organization hosted earlier in the year. A market happened in May, but was rained out and in June a car show brought in approximately 200 cars of all types to the area.

Garry Elliott, vice president of the OTJBA said there were estimates as high as 1,200 people were in attendance for the June Cruise-In.

“I’m hoping this (Cruise-In) is going to be a lot bigger,” Elliott said. “It just depends on the weather.”

A Cruise-In consists of car enthusiasts parking their classic cars and custom vehicles for people to come and look at.

Elliott has been promoting the Cruise-in for Ashe County, going to other Cruise-Ins at Boone and Lenoir handing out fliers and spreading awareness for the event.

“We’re just trying to get people to come to Jefferson,” Elliott said.

This event is one of many taking place every third Saturday of the month in Jefferson. A square dance night will take place in September along with an Oktoberfest in October.

“We’re trying to have a bunch of different events,” Elliott said. “We’ve had one every month since April.”

Other activities will take place including live music, games and drawings.

The market side will feature both local produce as well as vendors selling antiques and crafts.

OTJBA President Stacy Maye said that produce will be sold in front of the courthouse and craft venders will be selling products in front of town hall.

“It will be like a hodgepodge flea market,” Maye said.

Maye said the primary focus is on the Cruise-In, but the vendors are added in to combine the events.

The Olde Town Market and Cruise-In will take place Aug. 17 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Museum of Ashe County History. Admission is free for the event.

Elliott said he hopes to make the Cruise-In a permanent fixture in Jefferson, since cars attract large crowds.

“It was just an idea, and something that people took an interest in and drew a big crowd,” he said. “People like old cars, so maybe next year we’ll be able to do one the third Saturday of every month.”