PIGEON FORGE — Corvette enthusiasts converged at the LeConte Center this weekend for the 44th year of the Corvette Expo.
The event features Corvettes and also includes the Horsepower and Hotrods event and Chevelles in the Smokies Showdown.
“We’ve got a totally full house in the building. Every space is sold and used,” said Byron Cooper, the show’s owner.
Cooper began the show in Knoxville in 1977 and has been the owner and promoter of the event at various locations in the decades since.
In addition to the Corvettes on display, attendees can expect to find food vendors and other retailers selling Corvette-related items. Participants are set up both inside and outside of the LeConte Center.
Among the featured cars this year is a showcase of 1967 Corvettes, some valued at close to $200,000.
“It’s the last year of that particular body style,” Cooper said. “It’s probably the single most popular collectable Corvette out there.”
The Corvette Expo also features 20 cars owned by members of USA Corvette Club from Dalton Georgia. Cooper said he expects more than 5,000 people to show up for the event.
General admission is $12, and parking at LeConte Center is free. The event continues today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.