The annual Bothwell auto show will be held in the second year
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Classic vehicle enthusiasts and potential 50/50 draw winners will have to wait another year to attend the annual Bothwell auto show.
Organizers have announced that the Bothwell Optimist & Old Autos Car Show is canceled for the second year in a row. They are now looking to next year’s event, scheduled for August 5-6, 2022.
“We have to plan some things in advance. We have to get our insurance, our licenses, our permits, ”said Jeff Beatty, supplier manager, in an interview. “Without having a 100% guarantee that we will be able to have it, most of our belongings are non-refundable if we get them in advance.”
The event attracted over 10,000 people over the two days.
Lisa Downie, chair of the event, said it would be difficult to control the number of people at the site based on COVID-19 restrictions by August.
“We have over 1,000 cars coming to this show, but some can’t get in because there is nowhere to park and there are five entrance gates, so it’s hard to control that.” , she said.
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Beatty, a member of the Bothwell Optimist Club, said losing the event for two consecutive years impacts nonprofits that normally set up booths or earn 50/50 raffle proceeds.
“If you come back for years in a row, there’s a lot of things that won’t get done because we don’t have that income now,” he said.
Regarding the work of the Optimist Club, Beatty said he had not been able to organize some of the initiatives – like a free day of skating for the kids or breakfasts at school – of anyway.
“There are things in the community that we’re doing behind the scenes that nobody really knows, but it’s manageable not having that income – right now anyway,” he said.
Downie said they will start planning for 2022 once in-person meetings are allowed.
Beatty said he is keeping in touch with suppliers, most of whom have pre-booked for this year.
“We just hope next year is a big event and we hope everyone is ready for next year and COVID is gone,” Downie said.
Some of the other local auto shows, such as Erieau of Dreams Boulevard and the annual Mitchell’s Bay Auto, Truck, Tractor and Bike Show, were also canceled this year.
The organizers of the RetroFest auto show in downtown Chatham have moved to a virtual format this year and postponed the event date to June 25-26.