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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) The 15th annual Rod Run & Doo Wop has been canceled.

The event posted the cancellation from their Facebook group:

Every year, thousands of car enthusiasts from across the country come to Charleston to share their passion and show off their vehicles.

The annual event is a huge economic boost to the Capitol City.

“It has probably increased our sales close to 30%”, says “We look forward to it every year. It’s one of the best events, I think, on the boulevard”.

Adelphia Sports Bar & Grille manager Tracy Abdalla, quoted in 2019.

WOWK weatherman Bryan Hughes expressed his disappointment at the cancellation of the event.

As a proud media sponsor, we’re sad that we won’t hear the 50s and 60s classic music being played on the speakers, but this is 2020 and we know things are different.  The health and safety of everyone are paramount.

Bryan Hughes, WOWK weatherman

Jack Jarvis, president of West Virginia Motorcar Festival Inc., says the vote by all eight board members to cancel this year was unanimous.

“I went around to each board member, and asked them for their opinion and for any decision they may have, and I gave them a copy of the rules that I was sent from the health department and everyone looked at it and said ‘No way,’ Jarvis said.

While it may be canceled with no hope for postponement this year, Jarvis says that the board will reconvene in January of 2021 to discuss the prospects for next year’s show.

If you’re curious about the status of other car shows in the area, check out this website for details.

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