South Charlotte

Matthews Alive! festival is a financial success

Despite three nights of heavy rain, organizers estimate about 200,000 folks turned out to enjoy last weekend's Matthews Alive! festival.

Matthews Alive! Executive Director Jayson Johnston says the event broke previous financial records, though he won't know by exactly how much until the Matthews Alive! board meets in mid-October.

At that time, it will make sure all bills are paid, then divide the proceeds among area nonprofit organizations that worked the weekend.

Then, Johnston says, the board will begin making plans for next year's festival.

Also, last Monday in front of Matthews town hall, the Matthews Chamber of Commerce hosted its 18th annual Matthews Auto and Motorcycle Classic, also to record crowds.

Matthews Chamber Executive Director Tina Whitley says the show featured 150 cars and thousands of spectators.

This was the first year the car show and Matthews Alive! shared the same day, but Whitley said the scheduling proved beneficial for both events as each venue fed the other.

“This was a home run for us. It was a perfect location, perfect time, and perfect weather. And I think the cooperation between the car show and Matthews Alive! will be even greater next year,” Whitley said.