Medina cruise-in event cancelled due to large crowds

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 14 August 2020 at 9:44 pm

MEDINA – A popular event and fundraiser for United Way of Orleans County has been shut down by the Orleans County Health Department.

Dave Green, organizer of the Friday night cruise-ins in Medina’s canal basin, said Friday night he received a call from the Health Department about 3 p.m. this afternoon saying the event was attracting more people than the state allowed and they would have to cancel it.

Green said they took all the precautions they could – providing hand sanitizer, asking people to stay behind their cars and making them wear masks if they walked around.

The cruise-ins were started five weeks ago and attendance has grown weekly, Green said. They had 46 cars the first night, but one night there were 126.

He said it was a shame they had to cancel as the event is sponsored by United Way of Orleans County and proceeds from their nightly 50-50 drawings benefit United Way. Green said he had about $800 to turn over to the agency.

The Super Cruise featuring Elvis impersonator Terry Buchwald which annually ended the summer cruise-ins was already canceled, and Green said they had only planned to have them through July and August.

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