Red­wood Au­toXpo to skip this year

Event to re­sume in July 2021

Times Standard (Eureka) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mary Bull­winkel Con­trib­uted

There will be no Red­wood Au­toXpo in For­tuna this year. What would have been the 30th year of the an­nual event, which was sched­uled for July 24-26, 2020, was can­celed this week be­cause of COVID-19.

“It is with re­gret that we an­nounce the can­cel­la­tion of our event,” For­tuna Red­wood Au­toXpo Com­mit­tee President Ryan Wal­ters said. “Our Com­mit­tee dis­cussed this and de­cided it was in the best in­ter­est of our com­mu­nity, not to hold this gath­er­ing. We’ll just have to wait un­til next year to cel­e­brate and I have no doubt it will be bet­ter than ever, with For­tuna liv­ing up to its Friendly City rep­u­ta­tion.”

The dates for next year’s show will be July 23 — 25, 2021.

For­tuna Red­wood Au­toXpo draws clas­sic au­to­mo­biles from states through­out the Pa­cific North­west in­clud­ing Cal­i­for­nia, Ore­gon, Wash­ing­ton, Ne­vada, and as far away as Montana and Ari­zona.

“We want to give a huge shout out to the mer­chants and in­di­vid­u­als who make this event such a suc­cess ev­ery year,” Wal­ters said, “mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions to help cover the costs of tro­phies and prizes for the par­tic­i­pants. We also want to thank all the vol­un­teers who work long and hard to make this event hap­pen, and we ap­pre­ci­ate all the sup­port we get from the City of For­tuna, namely the po­lice and parks and recre­ation de­part­ments.”

“This year, we al­ready had 180 cars signed up and plan­ning to at­tend,” said Au­toXpo Board Mem­ber and Trea­surer Mar­i­lyn Strehl.

Typ­i­cally, there are 300 cars that are on dis­play on For­tuna’s Main Street all day Satur­day dur­ing the event. And an­other 150 cars are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Show and Shine por­tion of the event, and on dis­play in the For­tuna Union High School park­ing lot on 12th Street.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded in the an­nual For­tuna Red­wood

Au­toXpo in­clude a Fri­day night cruise of clas­sic ve­hi­cles on Main Street and For­tuna Boule­vard, Fri­day night dance at the River Lodge, a poker run, a dis­play of trac­tors and hit-and-miss en­gines, ar­ti­san show, swap meet, Satur­day night bar­be­cue, and win­ners would re­ceive their awards in Rohner Park on Sun­day morn­ing.

Strehl said those who have al­ready signed up and paid their reg­is­tra­tion fee will be of­fered a choice of re­ceiv­ing a re­fund or rolling over fees to next year, or they can do­nate their en­try fees to the For­tuna Red­wood Au­toXpo schol­ar­ship fund.

Each year, For­tuna Red­wood Au­toXpo awards schol­ar­ships to Eel River Val­ley high school seniors who are plan­ning to pur­sue a career in au­to­mo­tive-re­lated fields. Since the schol­ar­ship pro­gram was es­tab­lished in 2006, For­tuna Red­wood Au­toXpo has awarded a to­tal of 23 schol­ar­ships with a value of $23,000.

The dead­line for the sub­mis­sion of this year’s schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tions was May 23 and no re­cip­i­ents have been an­nounced at this time.

MARY BULL­WINKEL — FOR THE TIMES-STAN­DARD

There will be no gath­er­ing of clas­sic au­to­mo­biles in For­tuna this year, with the an­nounced can­cel­la­tion of the For­tuna Red­wood Au­toXpo. Pre­vi­ous years have in­cluded hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants and thou­sands who turn out to view the clas­sic au­to­mo­biles.

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