Organizers of the world’s largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally, Americade, have chosen a new date for this year’s event. The weeklong rally, which is traditionally held the first full week of June, will now be held from July 21 – 25 due to COVID concerns. The event organizer, Christian Dutcher, recently posted on Facebook explaining the date change and some of the considerations for the success of this year’s Americade.
The date could be changed
Even with its new date, the event could move again or be canceled depending on the COVID situation. Dutcher made it clear saying:
“In all sincerity, there’s no guarantee this happens in late July, but we think it will.”
Dutcher explained further:
“Things are trending ever so slightly in a positive direction and we didn’t think it was right to fully cancel Americade 2020 at least yet. So we’re optimistic about the July dates.
Americade represents a lot to a lot of people. A lot of people view it as an escape from the stresses of the world, and boy could we use that right now. So we really want to make it happen.”
Americade moves to late July! We and the community are optimistic that a late July date, combined with numerous safety measures as well as changes to the event will allow us to host a very safe Americade. But, it happens IF (and only if) we, the community and public safety officials believe we can host a safe Americade in the weeks leading up to the event. Many changes will be implemented, helping spread out the attendees, keeping things sanitized, eliminating the concerts and other "shoulder-to-shoulder" events, and much more.
Posted by Americade on Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Americade in Lake George, New York
But the intent is to still have Americade in its usual location, Lake George, New York. There will be some changes to the event, however. This year’s event will be “touchless” and will emphasize public safety protocols, including social distancing, hand washing, and an emphasis on unguided scenic tours instead of group rides.
Unfortunately, some of the ways things have been done previously will have to be changed. Big audience “shoulder-to-shoulder” events like concerts or shows will be canceled. The opening and closing ceremonies are canceled as well.
Happy to have the Americade
Many are pleased that Americade will still go on. Both politicians and business leaders praised the decision to go ahead with Americade. Lake George’s Mayor, Robert Blais released a statement on the plan:
“Americade’s decision to postpone rather than cancel is a welcome decision for our region’s economy. Our great family resort has the ability to host a wide variety of events successfully and cooperatively. We look forward to working with Americade and blending them into our busy season.”
Lake George’s Town Supervisor chimed in with his point of view as well.
“We all need a little good news right now, and this is very good news for Lake George. So many of our small businesses depend on Americade, and so many Americaders love coming back to Lake George. Maintaining the continuity of this event is important to everyone.’’
It’s great to see a community welcome a motorcycle event in their town. Here’s to hoping that Americade can go on this year.