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Corvette Caravan Arrives in Town Tuesday

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The 2014 Corvette Caravan is on its way to Cape Girardeau.

Corvettes will fill up the streets of downtown Cape Girardeau on August 26th when the Corvette Caravan comes to town. The evening of fun activities begins on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Dave Jackson, the owner of Stonewall Company in Jackson, is the chairman of the committee board for the Corvette Caravan and said it all started last year when the Great Race came to town. After the impressive turnout of the event, organizers of the Corvette Caravan called the Cape Girardeau Conventions and Visitors Bureau to see if the city could host them this year.

Jackson is a car enthusiast and belongs to the River City Rodders club and the Capaha Antique Car Club. He does not own a Corvette, but  he thinks they are very “neat cars” and looks forward to seeing a lot of them invading Cape Girardeau.

Over 300 caravan members will be in town for the event and local cars will be on display.

Jackson said finding corvette owners who would participate in the event required a little bit of advertising and spreading the news from person to person, and they contacted corvette clubs around the area.

“We got the word out, I think we are going to have a lot of local corvette people here,” said Jackson.

The Corvette Caravan is stopping in Cape Girardeau on its way to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. The museum is located near the factory that produces the iconic car. The Corvette Caravan makes its way there every five years. This year is the National Corvette Museum’s 20th Anniversary and thousands of corvettes from all over the country will be there. The caravan changes directions each year, and this could be the only time it stops in Cape Girardeau.

 

“It’s a first time and a possibility for it to be a long time before we could do it again,” said Jackson.

All downtown shops and restaurants will be open during the event that will last from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on South Main Street. A limited number of Corvette Caravan shirts especially designed for the Cape Girardeau stop will be sold at the train pavilion across from Hudson Furniture.

 

Marine Perot was a KRCU reporter for KRCU in 2014.