Carlisle Events is/was the first company in the United States organized specifically
to conduct and promote events for the collector car, truck and motorcycle hobby.
As part of the Carlisle based season, events are held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
The first such event was “Post War ’74” and it took place on September 26, 1974.
At the time, the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds were rented on an event by event basis
by Bill and Chip Miller (no relation). In 1981, after renting the fairgrounds for
each event, the Millers purchased the property, which then totaled 70 acres. Subsequent
acquisitions brought its total to the current 82 acres.
On property at Carlisle
are two pavilions used for covered outdoor events and displays as well as more than
a half dozen indoor facilities used for activities ranging from Kids at Carlisle
to special displays and vendors. In addition, Building T features concessions and the Carlisle Store, where official event merchandise
is made available.
Along with structures within its 82 acre fence line, Carlisle
Events owns three main properties off site as well. Those properties include the
former International Automotive Components (IAC) complex, Carlisle Expo Center,
and the former Carlisle Armory. IAC is used primarily for storage, the Carlisle Expo Center features
the Spring and Fall Auction as well as the Ford Ride and Drive Experience during
the season and hosts multiple weekend events during Carlisle’s “off season,” the
Armory is now home to the Carlisle Events Facilities and Maintenance staff. Further, events such as the Ford
Ride and Drive Experience and activities at the Expo are FREE to the general public.
As the Carlisle footprint expands, so has its fan base. Post War ’74 drew just over
13,000 people. Now in its 5th decade, Carlisle Events sees that type of audience
in a single day for some of its “smaller events” and averages more than a half a
million enthusiasts per season.
Carlisle Expo Center