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Thursday, 25 June 2020 20:42

COVID-19 Puts Brakes on June NC Cruise-In

Written by Tom Joyce, The Mount Airy News
Downtown Mount Airy is filled with cars and onlookers during the kickoff of the 2019 Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-In series last June. A similar scenario has been stalled this month by the coronavirus, but organizers hope the popular series can resume soon. Downtown Mount Airy is filled with cars and onlookers during the kickoff of the 2019 Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-In series last June. A similar scenario has been stalled this month by the coronavirus, but organizers hope the popular series can resume soon. Tom Joyce|The News

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This is a time when owners of unique vehicles are waxing them up in anticipation of a new cruise-in season in Mount Airy, NC, but this year the coronavirus is injecting a major speed bump into the mix.

Concerns over public gatherings surrounding COVID-19 have prompted organizers to put the brakes on the Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-In series normally held from June to October---at least for this month.

 

“We won’t have one for June,” Downtown Business Association President Phil Marsh said of what is always the kickoff event for the popular gatherings spearheaded by that group since 2010.

 

It would have been held on June 20 under a schedule in which cruise-in cars, and crowds, invade the central business district every third Saturday during the warmer months.

 

But officials of the downtown promotional organization are hoping the series can get revved up again soon.

 

“There is a possibly we could start in July,” Marsh said.

 

The DBA official added he wouldn’t know for sure until this June 26, explaining the group has been relying on guidance from local health and public safety personnel, including Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton.

 

Marsh also is concerned about another July gathering downtown staged by the DBA, the fate of which will be dictated by such authorities at the same time.

 

“They’re also supposed to let me know about the July 4 parade---whether we will be able to have it or not,” he said of a holiday observance that tends to attract hundreds of people.

 

Spring 2020 hasn’t exactly been a stellar period for such activities in downtown Mount Airy, Marsh agreed. This has included the cancellation of an annual salute to agriculture, Farm Fest, and the postponement of Budbreak, which celebrates the area wine and craft beer industries.

 

Both are held each May.


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