Updated: April 22, 2020 06:21 PM
Created: April 22, 2020 12:08 PM
LAKE GEORGE - With nearly everything around it in neutral, Americade is shifting into drive.
"We are going to move Americade to July 21st through the 25th," Christian Dutcher, the event's director, said via Zoom Wednesday afternoon.
Americade draws tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and vendors to Lake George during the first week in June.
Dutcher has been watching the pandemic very carefully and decided to postpone seven weeks rather than cancel.
"Things are trending ever so slowly in a better direction right now," he said.
Dutcher says more than the date will be different this year.
"Social distancing, hand washing stations, all of that is going to be fully embraced, but we're going to go steps beyond that."
He says they're also canceling concerts, block parties and opening and closing ceremonies, and extending the hours of the expo, while limiting the number of people inside at any one time.
Dutcher estimates the July Americade will draw about 60-percent of its typical attendance. The event typically revs the area economy to the tune of nearly $50 million a year.
Warren County Tourism Director Joanne Conley says a 60-percent Americade is better than canceling, and she hopes that other conventions and events will follow the lead.
"So maybe this can be the role model event for others that are wondering can my event take place later in the summer."
Dutcher is eager to move forward but throttles expectations slightly, warning things will change if the pandemic does.
"The announcement of July is exciting for lots of people, gives people something to look forward to, but the reality is we just don't know what the future holds."
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