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The event is one of Sherwood's most popular annual draws. It was originally scheduled for June.

COURTESY PHOTO: DARCI VANDENHOEK - Cruisin' Sherwood draws hundreds of classic and custom vehicles every year, like this eye-catching car from a past event.Sherwood's premier classic and custom car show has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Cruisin' Sherwood, which was originally scheduled for June 13, will be pushed back to Sept. 12.

This will be the 30th anniversary of Cruisin' Sherwood, one of Sherwood's most popular annual events.

"With the uncertainty of where we would be in the cycle of the COVID-19 pandemic and how and when social distancing restrictions will be lifted, we felt it was prudent to reschedule for the safety and well-being of everyone involved," explained Corey Kearsley, executive director of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, in a statement.

Kearsley put a positive spin on the postponement.

He said organizers are "excited to use the date change to make this 30th anniversary of Cruisin' one to remember while restoring the sense of community and nostalgia we enjoyed before the coronavirus crisis hit."

Cruisin' Sherwood isn't the first summer festival in the region to be delayed or canceled.

Organizers of the Tigard Festival of Balloons announced on April 1 that this year's event is canceled.

In Portland, the Waterfront Blues Festival has been canceled.

The Tualatin city government announced Wednesday, April 15, that the Blender Dash, a color run through city parks, has been canceled as well.

In Sherwood, the Madrigal Coronation Feast for the Maid Marian Court has been canceled. Organizers still hope to hold the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival as usual in July, but that could change.

Cruisin' Sherwood is sponsored by Les Schwab Tire Centers, which operates a Sherwood location on Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road.

"Cruisin' is an important event for Sherwood that brings the community together and offers visitors a chance to experience what Sherwood has to offer," said Sherwood Les Schwab store manager Cam Durrell in a statement. "It's important for us to be a part of this great tradition, especially during such a challenging time."

Organizers say they hope to offer many of the same Cruisin' Sherwood activities as usual on the new September date, and possibly more.

By executive order, Oregon has restricted the size of gatherings to 10 or fewer people to slow the spread of the coronavirus. It is unclear when that restriction will be lifted.


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