Ruritan car show canceled  

Published 8:19 pm Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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An annual car show is taking a backseat until the spring.

The Holland Ruritan Club canceled its third annual Custom Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show for Oct. 10 at the Holland Village Ball field.

“In preparation, we decided to cancel the show because of COVID-19,” said Curtiss Johnson, Holland Ruritan Club co-chairman. “It’s a matter of being safe. The board got together and discussed what to do. We found it best to cancel and then regroup to hold it later.”

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The next show is already scheduled for May 8, 2021, at the Holland Village Ball field, 6720 Ruritan Blvd. With the show being delayed twice, the event already has a lot prepared. The day is already planned for 36 trophies to hand out, a disc jockey, food and a good time.

“Each year, the show has gotten bigger and bigger,” said Johnson. “We had anticipated this year to be the biggest we ever had, so we have high hopes for next year.”

The car show was initially to be held in May but moved to October before being canceled entirely due to the pandemic. This date was taken from the Shake, Rattle and Roll car show held in Downtown Suffolk on the second Saturday in May. The show retired in 2019 giving a chance for more cars and people to still have a show to participate.

“When scheduling these car shows, we try not to conflict with others that are going on,” said Johnson. “We want everyone to be able to come to enjoy and not miss out. Many truly enjoy the old cars, getting out and seeing friends. It’s a fun event.”

The Holland Ruritan Car Show is relatively new compared to others that frequent Suffolk. All proceeds from the show support the Ruritans’ community projects in the area. The Ruritan Club’s slogan notes that the organization is about fellowship, goodwill, and community service.

“I want to thank all the car show enthusiasts that partner with us as well as our sponsors, club members, and all volunteers who make this a successful event,” said Johnson.

Early registration opens January 2021 for the next car show. Contact Johnson at 757-621-4961 for more information.