All Wheels Weekend 2020 canceled
May 7, 2020
DAYTON–The Dayton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted today to cancel All Wheels Weekend, the 26th annual car show scheduled for Father’s Day Weekend, June 19-21. The decision to cancel was based on concerns over bringing large crowds into the community during the four-phase reopening of businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It would not be wise or socially responsible to bring large crowds from outside into our community right now,” said Board Director Bette Lou Crothers, chair of the All Wheels Weekend Committee. Like all counties, Columbia County is in Phase 1 of the reopening, which only allows some outdoor recreation and no public gatherings. The county has applied for a variance to move into Phase 2, which would allow groups of no more than five people. But Columbia County would need to be in phase 4, where groups of more than 50 people could gather, to consider holding the event.
“It’s with heavy hearts that we had to make this decision,” said Crothers. “All the committee members put in long hours to make this event happen each year, and it was a tough decision for everyone.”
The board discussed moving the event, but many other communities have also cancelled or rescheduled big summer events. “If we move the event, we run the risk of landing on someone else’s date,” said Chamber Board President Brian St. Clair. “It’s like a game of musical chairs.”
Although the event that draws thousands to Dayton will not happen this year, Crothers said she is hoping for a local town celebration. The Chamber will also be selling commemorative t-shirts, featuring the 100-year anniversary of Dingles of Dayton.
Sponsors and event registrants will be given the option of receiving a refund or rolling their sponsorship or registration fee into next year. For more information about refunds or ordering t-shirts, contact the Chamber at historicdayton.com or call 509-382-4825.
Crothers said she is looking forward to seeing everyone back in Dayton for All Wheels Weekend in 2021.