West Duluth Classic Car Show To Take Place Next Week
Although Spirit Valley Days was cancelled this past June due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the traditional car show will go on under a new name and location. The Smalley-Moen Memorial Car Show will be held on Wednesday July 29 from 4-8pm. The car show usually takes place on Grand Avenue in the Spirit Valley neighborhood, but this year the event will be happening at the Buffalo House at 2590 Guss Road.
Car show organizer Carmen Smalley said to the Duluth News Tribune "Our timing is more flexible. We're not shutting down a public street or getting city permits to have police officers patrolling intersections. And it's at a place that held a special place in my dad's heart."
The car show is held in honor of Carmen's father Kyle who past away in 2015. Kyle was the car show's organizer for many years. Carmen added the name Moen to the show this year to honor Jerry Moen who was also a major part of the classic car community. Jerry passed away on July 1 after a very long battle with cancer.
After Moen passed away this motivated Carmen even more to try and make sure the car show would still happen despite the pandemic. She is hoping the event will still give people a chance to check out all the great cars and socialize at a safe distance. She went on to say that these types of shows are more about looking rather then touching anything, but the hardest part for her is not being able to hug anybody.
Per usual their is no fee to attend or participate in the car show. There will be people in marked T-shirts to help guide you on where to park and the Buffalo House will have a stand with food and drinks. Carmen said she hopes her dad is proud of her efforts to make the car show happen again this year and that the weather holds out and it is a nice day.