The American Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Fall Meet – aka Hersey Swap Meet – in the Pennsylvania town of Hershey is for the moment cancelled. With ongoing COVID-19 concerns and Pennsylvania’s legal constraints on more than 25 people gathering, the Hershey Region Chapter, has just said (30 May) on their Facebook page that the enduring event of 65 years taking place at the beginning of October is cancelled.
“It is with great regret that the AACA Hershey Region Executive Board informs you that the 2020 Hershey Fall Meet has been cancelled,” the region said. “This decision was not arrived at lightly. Our Club prides itself on producing a world-class event that thousands of people anticipate every year, so we felt the heaviest of burdens when faced with this decision.”
The post went on to explain the various considerations that weighed into the decision to not have the event for the first time in its 65-year history. “The Board took many obstacles into account, including but not limited to: the health and welfare of our volunteers, vendors, partners, and visitors; the unknown restrictions and/or guidelines that may be in place at the time of our show; and the volunteer-only workforce we rely on to prepare for a show of our magnitude.”
AACA says that the car show that is also held there in October may still be feasible, depending on the current controls. “We continue to explore ideas to benefit the hobby and are working toward the possibility of still hosting our usual car show on Saturday in October,” it said. “While this may not be doable, AACA and the Hershey Region along with other constituencies are working hard to make this possible.”
Refund information will be sent very soon in regards to all payments already received and enthusiasts are directed to visit the AACA Hershey Region’s website and social media as often as possible for the latest news.