2021 Kool April Nites canceled in Redding, victim of COVID-19 for second year
For the second year in a row, the wildly popular Kool April Nites car show has been canceled due to COVID-19.
Organizers made the announcement late Monday afternoon in a Facebook post.
"Given the current state of uncertainty and the short time frame, the board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Kool April Nites event," the post reads.
The cancellation applies to the whole weeklong event, including the Friday cruise, The Big Show traditionally held at the Redding Civic Auditorium and all the outdoor show and shines.
In mid-November, the Kool April Nites' board announced it was postponing registration while the directors considered their options.
The Friday Nite Cruise and The Big Show both draw thousands of spectators so the 2021 cancellation will have a major economic impact. Hotel rooms throughout the Redding area fill with out-of-town classic car enthusiasts and restaurants are typically busy.
Organizers said they'll contact people directly who've already registered.
Proceeds from the 2019 car show resulted in Kool April Nites donating some $43,000 to nearly two dozen local organizations that benefited youth activities.
The board said planning will continue for upcoming events "to keep the future of Kool April Nites alive."
"This is NOT the end of Kool April Nites by any means," the Facebook post says. "This event is so very important to our local economy, youth programs and car enthusiasts alike."
The post says the organization doesn't have the staff to answer phone calls and emails, but to watch for updates through press releases and social media posts.
The board's directors want people to know they appreciate everyone's patience and understanding "during these trying times."
"Keep the faith," they said.
Mike Chapman is a reporter and photographer for the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif. His newspaper career spans Yreka and Eureka in Northern California and Bellingham, Wash. Follow him on Twitter @mikechapman_RS. Subscribe today!