On Wednesday, it was learned that the 9th Annual Westphalia Cruise In slated for Friday had been canceled due to concerns related to COVID-19. Today, however, it was announced that Westphalia Pizza Co. would be offering an alternative for car enthusiasts from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.
“After some conversations with some individuals we were informed Westphalia Pizza Co. could host a car show where all the cars parked legally,” an announcement reads on the pizza company’s Facebook page. “So that being said, come out on Friday night with your pretty lady and show her off. We will have drink specials. Come out and ‘Make Westphalia Great Again.’”
Westphalia Cruise In organizer Chris Stuckenschneider said he is glad something is taking place but does not expect this to be the draw his event has typically seen.
“Having cars at one business in town won’t be the same as having cars all over Westphalia, but I hope it’s a success,” he said.
Stuckenschneider was surprised when his event was canceled.
“Right after I had sent reminders out I received a text from the mayor stating that the Osage County Health Department said there had been some recent concerns about the event due to COVID-19 and recommended it be canceled,” he said. “It seems like there are other events going on around the county that are not being canceled. It's a shame for the local business owners and our town.”
According to Osage County Health Department Administrator Susan Long, the city of Westphalia had received numerous calls of concern about having the car show.
“They indicated that there would be no way to safely social distance with an anticipated 1,000-plus attendees and concern was also expressed due to the increase in cases and contacts identified in the immediate vicinity,” said Long of city officials. “I sent the current advisory, but recommended that unless they could enforce social distancing, that they needed to review the advisory and consider canceling it.”