As we watch this Pandemic rip through all our communities, and the tough choices we are all gonna need to make about what is a new normal until a vaccine is approved and given, we are gonna be around 14 months out. As in next spring ish. Forget that we will be back to work and doing things. We will have some sort of PTSD from all this and going to large crowd events is not gonna happen, or be responsible. So even if you can hold a boat show or event, traffic will be so far down, it wont be worth the work involved.
So, I pose this question not to be a trouble maker, but to think ahead. We are a community that does not like change, and in fact is passionate about tradition and the past. And if you go into the past, after the great depression it took years to get over the emotional drain of it. This is a real thing, and if you are a club trying to organize an event. Even if your state has opened back up, people should avoid public gatherings. Here are some alternative ideas that may help at least create some focus on bringing us all together.
1. Virtual Shows. This is being done already in some areas. We did it around lake Dora and it kinda worked. I think there is a better way to go about it with Zoom, and Facebook live. Stay tuned.
2. Have an event in your town but spread it out all over the town. One boat at each dock. In a barn. parked on the street. make it a tour of history. Have old cars around. A Social Distance gathering.
3. Have a show on the water, Parade past folks homes. They do this with the Lake Wawasee Thunder Run and its a wonderful thing.
Lets be creative today and help each other save the summer.