This article was originally published in The News-Enterprise on Sunday, July 30, 2017.

More than 15,000 people converged Saturday on downtown Elizabethtown for the eighth annual Cruisin’ the Heartland, creating a boon for downtown businesses.

“This year has definitely been the biggest and the best we have had thus far,” Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said. “Folks are telling me that the weather hasn’t been this good since the second year. Weather is definitely the No. 1 factor, especially in outdoor events and when it comes to classic vehicles. It has been absolutely phenomenal.”

Vaughn said Cruisin’ the Heartland provides local tourism money and aids in the revitalization effort to downtown.

“It is just a huge impact for the city, for the town, for the county,” Vaughn said, noting the event usually hosts cars from eight to 12 states.

Vaughn said around 2 p.m., the estimation was anywhere between 2,000 and 3,000 cars participated, adding organizers do not count the cars.

“About 2,500 is the most we’ve ever had, so my assumption for this year is it is going to be more,” she said.

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