The 45th annual Last Run Car Show is a go for Sept. 25-27.

The Ark City Tumbleweeds Club, which sponsors the event, announced its decision after voting on Friday.

Tumbleweeds club member Shane Frederick said that social distancing would be observed, and the club will work with Tom Langer of the City-Cowley County Health Department to make sure the event is as safe as possible for those in attendance.

“Obviously, if someone feels ill or has taken the test and not got results they need to stay home,” Frederick said.

A new mandate issued Monday by Gov. Kelly suggests the wearing of protective masks in all public places. That order will go into effect Friday. Frederick said the club will ask attendees to comply with that mandate.

“We will make that suggestion, but we don’t have any way to police it,” he said.

Frederick said one of the club’s main concerns about canceling the show was the loss of revenue to local merchants. He said that many of them count on that income each year.

Two major events, the Walnut Valley Festival and the Cowley County Fair, have already been canceled and will have a negative financial impact on the local economy.

“The businesses in town have had it hard enough this year,” he said.

The Arkalalah committee will decide in September whether to hold the October festival.

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