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The event organized by the Forest Grove Rotary Club is the longest-running classic car show in the Portland area

COURTESY PHOTO: ROTARY CLUB OF FOREST GROVE - The 2019 Best in Show award at Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance car show went to James and Mary Lou Harri of Walla Walla, Wash., for their 1934 Packard convertible sedan.The 48th annual Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance car show has been canceled due to ongoing concerns about safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced April 10.

The event, which is the longest-running classic car competition in the Portland metro area and gets its name from a French term meaning "competition of elegance," was originally scheduled for July 19.

It is organized by the Forest Grove Rotary Club and is typically held at Pacific University.

"This is a tough decision, but we do not want to compromise the safety of entrants, judges, spectators, volunteers, or vendors," wrote Steering Committee Chairman Ken Cunningham announcing the cancelation. "The Concours is made possible by collector car owners, Rotary Club volunteers, and sponsors from the community, and many of these supporters are focused on staying safe and keeping their businesses running during this crisis. The Forest Grove Concours is a celebration of automobiles, and we feel July will be too soon to gather under the trees at Pacific University in large numbers."

Cunningham said fundraising efforts continue and encouraged supporters to donate. Proceeds from the event go toward the Rotary Club's scholarships and community service projects.

"The Forest Grove Rotary Club has returned more than $1 million to the community, which includes direct support of various nonprofit organizations, service projects, and scholarships to hundreds of Washington County high school students heading to Pacific University and other institutions of higher education," Cunningham said. "The local community still depends on this support."

Organizers will focus their energy on planning next year's event scheduled for July 18, 2021, Cunningham said.


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