Like so many events in 2020, the 9th Annual Cremona Show & Shine committee had to make the tough decision to cancel the event for this year. The COVID 19 pandemic has reared it's ugly head once again and succeeded in postponing another beloved annual event. The decision came down to the safety and well being of all those involved. It is a tough blow for the Village of Cremona which relies on the event to bring people to visit. The car show has become a big draw of visitors from far and wide and local businesses and residents have come to enjoy an influx of hundreds of people on the second Saturday of September.
Cremona/Water Valley and District Chamber of Commerce president Clarke Erwin says, "It is a Chamber of Commerce event, so we sat down and felt given the current state of affairs, (I think it was the right decision made given that the numbers have gone up) we just made that decision. Mountain View County has done a really good job of keeping it curved and we didn't want to be the organization to potentially start and outbreak in the Cremona area. So we decided to err on the side of safety and cancel it for this year."
The event was scheduled for Saturday, September 12th with all the plans in place and the vintage vehicle purchased for the grand prize giveaway. The Cremona Show & Shine has grown over the years and saw it's best attendance in 2019. Due to the beautiful weather last year, Erwin says they had 272 registrants which for the tiny village of Cremona is a lot of people considering the total population is just over 500. The planning committee had concerns with that many coming again this year, and it would have made it difficult to social distance and follow all the safety protocols.
While the 9th Annual Cremona Show & Shine won't happen in 2020 the grand prize will be held over for 2021. Mark Saturday, September 11, 2021 on your calendar for the 10th Annual Cremona Show and Shine. Some lucky attendee will have the chance to win a 1984 Corvette and you can rest assured that the Village of Cremona will be looking forward to welcoming visitors. Erwin says they hope to see the high number of people return next year and that the 10th Annual will be bigger and better than ever.