The Great Race welcomed more than 100 antique cars into downtown Owensboro Wednesday, bringing it with it more than 500 out of town visitors.
The Great Race journey includes these cars traveling over 2,300 miles over a span of just nine days.
The festivities started in front of the Alamo in San Antonio, TX on June 19, and will finish on June 27 in Greenville, S.C.
And for the first time in its 38 year history, the race has made a pit stop in owensboro
“It’s like having a Friday After Five on a Wednesday, which is great for everyone, because of the pent up demand,” said Dave Kirk of Visit Owensboro. “People want to get out. They want to experience things.”
Kirk told 44News the city will see visitors from as far north as Michigan. The event has hotels across the city full booked for the night, something they’ve been looking forward to for quite some time.
“This was planned in 2020, and we were excited about it then,” said Harrison Bryant, director of customer engagement at the Waterfront Hampton Inn & Suites. “We were excited about it in 2019, so to have it finally be here, it’s just that much more of a fun event.”
And restaurants throughout the downtown area were excited and prepped for the extra traffic that came their way on Wednesday.
“For tonight, we’re prepared to have a wonderful crowd and everyone come out and watch some wonderful cars, but also enjoy some wonderful music from Clayton Campbell,” said Oralis Radilla, owner of Don Mario’s. “He will be performing here at the don marios patio.”
Kirk said the city hopes to get the Great Race back to Owensboro in the next few years.