Expanding South

Carlisle Events To Run Zephyrhills Shows

Larry Jewett - August 22, 2012 12:01 PM

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Expansion is once again the theme for Carlisle Events. Beginning this November, Carlisle Events will own and operate the ever-popular gatherings held annually in Zephyrhills, Florida. The change begins with the 28th annual Fall AutoFest (November 8-11) and will continue into the Winter event (February 21-24, 2013).
Zephyrhills is located just north of Tampa and its 207-acre property, known as Festival Park, sits right off U.S. Highway 301 in Pasco County.  The new additions to Carlisle's schedule are that of a collector car swap meet, car corral and auto auction.
By taking ownership of the Zephyrhills events, Carlisle is venturing into yet another automotive hot bed.  The 2012 Winter AutoFest saw nearly 500 cars cross the auction block with bids ranging from lower four-figure amounts to nearly six figures in some cases.  With never-ending sun and fun, the swap meet and car corral aspects of these events are also heavily populated with buyers and sellers alike, all looking for great show deals and unique restoration pieces and parts.
"Carlisle Events has always been excited about the automobile industry," noted co-owner and co-founder Bill Miller, Jr.  "Having grown up in the new car business and always appreciating collector cars, with Chip Miller as a partner, we ventured into the collector car hobby in 1974.  Now, with a second generation of Millers leading the way, Chip's son Lance and my son Bill III, we've expanded our footprint outside of Carlisle. Having acquired the famous fall and winter events in Zephyrhills, I have to commend Mike Sierra and his family on all that they've put into the shows for nearly four decades.  Carlisle Events will carry on that legacy beginning this fall and I want to thank all our loyal vendors and fans who have been part of the Carlisle family for so many years.  I also want to invite them to enjoy the beautiful weather in sunny Florida this fall and winter by attending the Zephyrhills Swap Meet and Auction powered by Carlisle Events!"