Redwood AutoXpo to skip this year
Event to resume in July 2021
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.
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.