Corvette enthusiasts from all over the country descended on Bowling Green a little over a week ago to enjoy the 2011 National Corvette Homecoming, which was held July 14 through 16 at the Sloan Convention Center.
Despite a lackluster economy, NCH officials reported attendance was up significantly from last year. The mild weather and steady breeze surely helped, but it's the passion for Corvettes that really brings out the cars and the people.
According to NCH event owners Joe and Vera Pruitt, vendors were up 30% and attendance in general was larger than last year's event. "We've seen a steady increase each year since 2005 but this was also our 30th anniversary celebration." says Pruitt. "We also believe we attract those who enjoy our fun atmosphere and quality of show. Our participants say they really enjoy the Bowling Green community as a whole. Our visitors bring a lot of revenue to our local economy."
Among the estimated 2,000 attendees, this year's event was also attended by Kentucky's Secretary of State and former Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker, as well as a host of other local dignitaries. Walker presented one lucky Corvette owner the first-ever "Governor's Choice" award and Grand Marshall Lance Miller of Carlisle, Pennsylvania also received the "Key to the City" and was named a Titled Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky's Governor, Steve Beshear.
The next Corvette Homecoming is scheduled for July 19-21, 2012. Visit www.CorvetteHomecoming.com for more details.