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Rod Run Yields to Virus

Jeri Borst

j.borst@mypulsenews.com

The breaks have been pressed on the 45th annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run, which was scheduled for Aug. 28 and 29.

The event, which brings tourist and travelers to Mena for a car-enthusiast filled weekend, is organized by the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses.

The chamber board’s decided to cancel the scheduled event as a result of COVID-19 concerns, but with the hope the event will be able to be rescheduled this year.

“After careful consideration regarding the health and safety of our community, our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and attendees, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the due to the uncertainty and concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic,” Pasha Watson, chamber director, announced July 17.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided that this is in the best interest of all concerned. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold the event as normally scheduled, but believe it is the right decision based on the information available to us at this time.

“The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce is constantly monitoring the situation and plans are being discussed for rescheduling the event as restrictions on gatherings ease,” Watson said.

For additional information about the Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run, go to queenwilhelminarodrun.com or call the chamber at 479-394-2912.

Photo courtesy of Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce

Mena Street is filled with activity as people enjoy live music and gaze at a variety of vehicles during a past Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run.

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