Corvette Homecoming cancellation sheds light on importance of tourism in Kentucky

Published: May. 31, 2018 at 5:17 PM CDT
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National Corvette Homecoming owner Joe Pruitt announced Tuesday that this year's event would not happen.

That cancellation, which was caused by bad weather and the loss of event space and a large tent to serve as rain cover.

The National Corvette Homecoming annual brings visitors to the area from across the country.

The owner of Art's Corvette's in Bowling Green says every year, he sees more people in his place of business during the year. He likes to see all the people come to town, and wishes the best for the future of the event.

"I just wish he'd have had his show, with a tent or no tent, with rain or no rain," said Art Tinsley. "I wish he'd have had it. I hope he continues to have it. I [like to] meet the people, not for the money, but because I like people."

It's not just Corvette-based businesses that benefit from this kind of annual tourism.

At Lost River Cave, the staff says it's events like The Corvette Homecoming that allow Lost River to become part of their annual plans.

"It's just always fun to see these same people come back every year, because it's the Homecoming, it's the Holley Hot Rod Reunion or they love coming to this [Hot Rods] game," said tour supervisor Chad Singer. "and so with Lost River Cave, we really like being a part of that tradition."

The National Corvette Homecoming is still supposed to happen for 2019, but specifics are still in the air.