All Wheels Weekend 2020 canceled
May 14, 2020
DAYTON– Concerned over bringing large crowds into the community during the four-phase reopening of businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 All Wheels Weekend has been canceled, the Dayton Chamber of Commerce Board announced May 6.
"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.
Columbia County has moved to Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee's four-phase Safe Start program to reopen Washington state. Phase 4, when it is approved, will limit gatherings of over 50 people.
"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 Chamber 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.