The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of Americade 2020 in Lake George, New York
Americade 2020 organizers officially announced the cancellation of the motorcycle event this week, promising to return in 2021.
Held in Lake George, New York since 1983, Americade attracted over 50,000 visitors annually in recent years. The coronavirus pandemic unfortunately forced the cancellation of the event which was scheduled to run from July 21 to 25, 2020 after being rescheduled earlier this year.
Americade 2020 joins a long list of events cancelled this year due to coronavirus including major auto shows.
With the event attracting riders from everywhere in the US and with COVID-19 cases increasing in numerous areas of the country, Americade organizer Christian Dutcher believed that the safety of attendees could be at risk.
“Attempting to create a safe event in the face of a global pandemic was a big challenge and would require numerous changes to ensure everyone’s wellbeing. The odds of it being financially worthwhile were near zero, but we wanted to give it a try for several reasons: We didn’t want to be yet another event that canceled in 2020 (there was already enough depressing news). We knew that all of our partners (vendors and the local community) needed every bit of help we could give them. And we didn’t want to interrupt the 37-year tradition of Americade. It was a challenging, financially draining effort, but we wanted to try. And man have we tried. Five of us have been logging long hours, doing our damnedest to make it happen. But the recent bad turn of events regarding COVID-19 in the U.S. makes it less likely that we could achieve the number one objective we announced when we first set the July dates: It Has To Be Safe.’’
Registrants will be offered a refund or they can use their 2020 fee towards their application in 2021.