A Time-lapse view of Hot August Nights in downtown Reno on Aug. 9, 2019. Reno Gazette-Journal
Hot August Nights will cancel its 2020 event, the organization announced Tuesday, citing the health and safety of volunteers and participants.
Motorsport Auction Group, which holds a classic car auction in conjunction with the Hot August Nights event, has no plans to cancel the auction scheduled for August 7 and 8.
The annual celebration of classic cars, which includes car shows, auctions, live music and drag races, has been held annually in Northern Nevada since 1986. It generates more than $100 million in economic impact for the region, according to the Hot August Nights organization. This year’s scheduled musical performers included Chubby Checker, The Commodores and The Guess Who.
Registered participants will have the option of rolling over their registration fees to the 2021 event, donating their fees to the Hot August Nights organzation, or receiving a full refund.
“This decision was not made lightly by the Board of Directors and Staff, but the priority for the safety and well-being of our attendees and volunteers is paramount,” Mike Whan, executive director of Hot August Nights, said in a statement. “Since March, and even up until last week, we remained optimistic that we could carry on with adjustments and added previsions. I can honestly say, after much discussion with leading health organizers, government officials and internal discussions, we are confident that this is the right action to take.”
The organization previously had canceled its Spring Fever Revival in downtown Reno, scheduled to take place on May 15 and 16, due to coronavirus concerns.
Next year’s event is scheduled to begin in Virginia City on July 30 and 31, and continue in Reno and Sparks Aug. 3-8.
Brett McGinness is the engagement editor for the Reno Gazette Journal. He’s also the writer of The Reno Memo — a free newsletter about news in the Biggest Little City. Subscribe to the newsletter right here. Consider supporting the Reno Gazette Journal, too.
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