ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Thursday was supposed to mark the first day of Graffiti Week in Douglas County -- the annual car show held on the second week of July every year.
The event was canceled in May after Gov. Kate Brown put a restriction on large events and festivals.
However, some car lovers organized a number of smaller, unofficial events in place of Graffiti Week to keep the tradition alive.
“This is what we love,” said Brett Parrett. “This is what we like to do. This is who we are.”
More than 30 classic cars gathered at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Thursday to cruise through 10 different retirement homes in the county.
Todd Woodward, the president of Street Memories Car Club, said these unofficial events were the least they could do for themselves and the community.
“You know, there’s nothing official,” said Woodward. “But hey, it’s already on the calendar, we’re gonna do it, we’re out here.”
Other than not showing off their shiny cars, Woodward said canceling Graffiti Week is a huge loss for them. Most car clubs use Graffiti Week to host fundraisers for local charities.
However, they were unable to do that this year.
“We put on a kickoff to Graffiti show on the Wednesday,” said Woodward. “We raise funds for local charities, we take donations for UCAN and things like that.”
That’s why car lovers told KEZI 9 News that they’re trying to focus on the cruising aspect this year, to allow for social distancing.
However, they hope Graffiti Week comes back next year stronger than it was before.
“God bless our home and God bless Douglas County,” said Parrett. “This is it at its finest right now and it’s only going to get bigger this weekend.”