The Cache Valley Cruising Association says 2019 may be the last year for people to enjoy the annual Main Street Parade over the 4th of July weekend. The group says Logan City has asked the group to cover the cost of police, which the group says it cannot afford.
In a letter posted on their website, the CVCA Officers and Board of Directors claim Logan Mayor Holly Daines sent them a bill for $10,000 to cover the additional costs incurred for police and other city services during the parade.
“Unfortunately, we are not able to fit this additional expense into our annual budget,” their statement reads, “as we essentially turn all the proceeds of each year’s show into putting on the Cruise-In for the following year. If we are to be charged to have the parade we have no other choice but to discontinue it.”
The group has had some follow up discussions with Mayor Daines and the city has agreed to front the costs for one more year, but has also suggested the group find ways to help cover the costs.
“It was decided and voted on that no, we couldn’t afford it (some years we don’t even have that extra $10,000 after we pay all our bills) and we would have to sadly let it go,” says CVCA President Brandon Douglas.
Since its decision, CVCA has been working to notify Main Street businesses along the parade route who rely on activity and foot traffic in their stores and restaurants during the parade, asking them to petition the city to allow the parade to continue. The annual car show annually draws 800-900 show cars which go on display at the Cache County Fairgrounds. For nearly 40 years the event has ended with a parade of cars from Center Street to 1400 North.
“We want you to know that we understand where Logan City is coming with this,” says Douglas. “It is an expense. We understand that. We are not mad at the city at all. But just like the city can’t afford it, neither can we.”
Besides grappling with the costs associated with hosting the parade and paying police expenses, the car club is afraid that if the parade takes even a brief break while the two sides work out a solution that the parade won’t be able to continue.
“In the past UDOT has informed us that the permit for this temporary road closure of a state highway is grandfathered in,” the statement to Main Street businesses says, “and once this parade goes away it will never be brought back.”
The 2019 Cache Valley Cruise-In will take place July 4-6 and will also include a concert at the Cache County Fairgrounds. This year’s concert features Loverboy and Survivor on July 5th.