CHICO — For many car enthusiasts, including Yuba City resident Robert Osborne, Saturday’s car show in Chico was a long time coming.
“All the other car shows I signed up for were canceled,” Osborne said.
Osborne was among a handful of residents from outside Butte County that made the drive to the Chico Elk Lodge for a Community Appreciation Day and Car Show.
Organizer and Chico Elks Lodge member Bob Fitzgerald said Saturday’s event gave car lovers an opportunity “to get out and have fun” as annual shows across the North State have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“To my knowledge, this is the first one (in Butte County),” Fitzgerald said. “No one is doing shows.”
Fitzgerald said car owners from as far as Napa and Redding attended.
Osborne, who attended with his 1965 Buick Skylark, said starting March of every year he will attend most car shows within a 125-mile radius of Yuba City.
“I go to every single car show, every single Saturday and Sunday,” Osborne said. “I’m usually out and about and this is my first car show of the year.”
Orland resident Scott McDonald also brought out his 1960 Pontiac Firebird for the first time this year.
He hadn’t attended a show since the Durham Harvest Festival in last September.
“It’s the first one not canceled,” McDonald said.
Alongside McDonald were his parents Rob and Helen.
The married couple of 54 years were in the small group of people who chose to wear masks Saturday.
Fitzgerald said masks were not required for the event and social distancing was encouraged through the use of the cars.
“Cars are social distancing and so are some people and we’re going to be fine,” he said.
Helen McDonald, who scolded her husband for taking off his mask for a brief period Saturday, said they typically stay home but decided to come out to support their son.
“We wear them (masks) everywhere,” she said.
The longtime Chico residents also made sure to keep their distance from…