Williamsburg will have a regular monthly auto show starting in July.
The inaugural cruise on the Cumberland River will take place from noon to 7 p.m. on July 17 in downtown Williamsburg.
âI am so looking forward to this. I’ve wanted to do this for years, âsaid Mayor Roddy Harrison.
A second auto show is scheduled for August 21, and no decision has been made on a possible third auto show in September.
Jonathan Jones, owner of Stitched in Time, located near IGA, arranges the cruises.
Jones noted that the young people in the community don’t have much to do, and other than to eat, there isn’t much to do downtown either.
âWe don’t have anything that appeals to our young people. Growing up, I went to auto shows all my life. I can just say that I never tried drugs the first time. I owe it – I have the impression – to the cars. If you have an expensive hobby like cars, you don’t have the extra money to spend on anything else, âhe laughed.
Jones added that he has two young boys who love classic vehicles. Her 11-year-old son has already bought his own truck with his own money.
âIt’s the little red fire truck driving around here with the platform on it. He is eaten up by cars. My youngest is too. I want our young people to have more to do than hang out in the embers and be influenced by people they don’t need to be influenced, âJones said.
Harrison said he and former Main Street manager Nannie Hays, who died in April, had worked at a car show for a long time, but had no connection to start one.
âHe (Jonathan) came to me and asked me if I was interested in starting to organize these auto shows and these cruises in Williamsburg. My response was, âOh my God, yes! âHarrison noted.
The auto show will be held around the old courthouse. All streets around the Old Courthouse, with the exception of Main Street, will be blocked off so that participants can show their vehicles.
âAs it’s overflowing, we’re going to go into the parking lots across the road and watch it grow,â Jones said.
Jones added that this is how Old Fashioned Trading Days was set up when it first started and before it moved to Main Street.
At 7:00 p.m., at the end of each cruise, the vehicles from the auto show will stage a sort of parade that takes attendees down Main Street and along a route to be determined before they part and part ways.
Jones noted that the main purpose of the auto show is to bring new people together and have fun in Williamsburg.
Jones said he spoke with the Corbin Cruise Club about attending the Williamsburg event in addition to speaking with car enthusiasts in McCreary County.
Jones said there were a few non-food vendors he invited to attend auto shows, including a friend who sells performance car parts.
âI want to stay away from food vendors right now just because I want to promote our food downtown. Our downtown restaurants are so good, and until we pass them and are within a 30 or 45 minute wait, we don’t need outside food vendors, âhe said. declared.
âIf we bring in food vendors, none of our employees come out onto the streets to see how wonderful Williamsburg is. We want this crowd to grow on the streets.
Harrison said this year will be played by ear with the first auto show starting July 17.
âIf it’s like anything we’ve done so far, we’ve got maybe 10 or 100. It’s just going to get bigger and better each time,â said Harrison.
Jones said plans are to hold auto shows next year on the third Saturday of each month.
Monthly auto shows will likely resume next April and end next fall.
Jones added that anyone with questions is invited to stop by his store, which has the only orange garage door in town.