An old friend is putting on some new clothes next year.
National Corvette Homecoming in Bowling Green, Ky., will celebrate its 35th show in July 2016 with an expanded vision and a corresponding name change to Corvette Homecoming & Chevy Invitational, Inc.
Joe Pruitt, the Bowling Green native who serves as event organizer, believes the decision to include all makes and models of Corvettes and Chevrolets will make the homecoming even more popular.
“We want to bring more life into the show—while we love our Corvettes and celebrating their heritage in Bowling Green, we also believe Chevrolet owners are interested in bringing their show cars to our city,” Pruitt said. “Adding this component reminds people that you don’t have to own a Corvette to be an enthusiast and celebrate the iconic sports car.”
The show is set for July 14-16 at Sloan Convention Center and will include vendors, special educational seminars, and a road tour of Kentucky. A muscle car and classic car auction is scheduled and the fun will conclude with a dinner and dance for registered participants at the center.
If you don’t have a Corvette or a Chevrolet in the show, you’re invited to take a look at the slick rides in the parking lot and inside the center. By then, it’s expected that the new Corvette Cave-In exhibit at the National Corvette Museum will also be open.
For three of the past five years, the Corvette Homecoming has been designated a Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) Top Summer Festival & Event because of its influence on area tourism, local economic impact, heavy attendance and relevance to the area’s culture.
“Corvette Homecoming has been a staple in this community for decades,” says Telia Butler, public relations manager at the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, which nominated the event for the Top Summer Event designation. “Visitors and locals alike embrace the Corvette culture, so adding another Chevrolet element to this longstanding popular event will be good for bringing more to our area community.”
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