Cops and Rodders Car Show rescheduled

By Denise Lana,

The annual Cops and Rodders Car Shows special event application generated much discussion during the recent Decorah City Council meeting. The event, hosted by the Elks Club, was slated to take place Saturday, May 18, during National Police Week. However, that is the weekend of Decorah High School graduation and Luther College graduation, which is the third-highest sales weekend each year for downtown businesses in Decorah. 

Victor Pickney of the Elks Club addressed the council. He shared the car show had raised more than $9,000 for the Decorah Police Department canine program and said the Water Street location is most beneficial to the car show, “When you’ve got the people right there and the shops are right there, you’ve got them.”

Kelli Courtney from Margaret’s Boutique explained, “We all appreciate this event, it’s just the date,” Courtney began. “If you bring 1,000 people downtown it’s going to be good, but for my business, the people who came for the car show, clothes weren’t the top priority for them.” 

Ultimately, Pickney agreed that moving the event to the weekend prior to graduation, Saturday, May 11, was acceptable. The council unanimously approved the application pending the date change. 

Full article in the April 25 Public Opinion Newspaper.

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