Rod Run Doo Wop brings cars and positive economic impact to Charleston

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The Rod Run and Doo Wop is one of the biggest events the city of Charleston plays host to. 

“This show to me is about family, meeting the car folks and being with the friends that I’ve made here in Charleston,” said Dennis Carol who has traveled from Michigan nine times to take part in the car show. 

“Seeing the people that we’ve known, meeting knew people that we’ve not met before,” said car enthusiast Judy McClain about why she enjoys the show.

President of the show Jack Jarvis says the show brings in more than 100 thousand people to the Charleston area. The 2015 show had almost 7 thousand hotel nights booked and with better weather for the event in 2016, more are expected as people come from all over.

“Michigan, Canada, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee,” said Jarvis about some of the places people travel from for the show. 

With roughly a thousand cars being registered they won’t just be revving up their engines but also the local economy.

“When they come in they will buy a hot dog, or coke or maybe fill up with gas or stop at a convenience store for something so we know that there is money coming into the valley,” said Jarvis.

With Capitol street right around the corner restaurant owners there always look forward to having the crowd in town.

“A lot of it comes originally from the people who are showing their cars here, they eat, they’ve gotta eat and there’s a lot of them so we kind of cater to them,” said Joe Guilfoile, owner of Big Joe’s. 

“This is our Super Bowl for cars and fans of old cars and our WVU homecoming all wrapped into one,” said McClain. 

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