This year's Corvette Homecoming brought a big announcement.
A local non-profit will benefit from the tradition of the Corvette, while adding some pizazz to South-Central Kentucky, making things "Vettetastic."
Chicago had its Parade of Cows.
Lexington celebrated Horse Mania.
Now Bowling Green will be Vettetastic in 2008.
"We're going to bring the Corvette to South-Central Kentucky like never before," said Jennifer Capps of the American Red Cross.
Capps was in Lexington when it kicked off Horse Mania.
"Those had newsprint, stickers, decoupage to them. There were some that had pennies glued to them," Capps explained.
The American Red Cross is offering businesses the chance to design their own mini-'57 Corvette to be put on display and auctioned off.
"The creativity is left up to them to paint, glue or do anything to it that they want," Capps added.
This is a model of the Vettetastic cars. The real size will be five-ft. tall, two-ft. wide and 18-in. tall.
"This year we'll be featuring the '57 Corvette and it will be a hard-top to give the artists more space to paint," Capps said.
Businesses and artists will have full rein to add their own distinctive styles.
The Vettetastic models will be displayed across six-area counties, including right here in downtown Bowling Green, for businesses to show their support for the American Red Cross.
"We'll be able to provide additional services to disaster victims and help people respond to emergencies when they do arise," Capps said.
The 12-year project will feature a different Vette model every two years.
If your business or group is interested in sponsoring one of the Corvettes, log on to Vettetastic.org or call the Red Cross at 781-7377
There are 300 sponsorships available at just under $3,000 each.
Be on the look-out for all the Vettetastic cars around the area beginning in the summer of 2008.