Auto show gets record turnout

Posted February 7, 2009
Updated February 8, 2009

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— The North Carolina International Auto Show at the Raleigh Convention Center attracted a record 20,000 people on Saturday, organizers said.

The show features 250 vehicles from high-end to hybrid cars, big and small.

Organizers and shoppers said the show is a way for people to escape the bleak economic outlook.

“People are trying to get away from the whole atmosphere of how things are really tight right now. So this kind of helps you do that a little bit,” shopper Derek Condry said.

The show attracted 10,000 visitors on Friday. It ends on Sunday.


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  • foetine Feb 9, 2009

    They spent enough money hyping this event.

  • Panther Feb 9, 2009

    Too many people wanted to see what they cannot afford.

  • Pineview Style Feb 9, 2009

    It is my understanding that the orignal auto show is the one that moved to the fairgrounds when the old civic center closed. If this is the case, the any number would be a record....

  • fernvalley Feb 9, 2009

    Did anyone think to do the math on the 20,000 attendance? Open for 11 hours on Saturday would mean that 1,818 folks came in each hour or 30 people walked through the doors each minute the show was open? Hmmmmm...not sure that really happened.