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Russian River Car show returns for 22nd annual rally

By: Albert Gregory
August 13, 2021

Ladies and gentlemen start your engines, the Russian River Car Show is back for its 22nd annual gathering on Aug. 21 at the Northwood Commons in Monte Rio.

The pandemic has forced car shows all over the nation to cancel for the last 17 months, including the Russian River Car Show in 2020.

But local car enthusiasts are itching to get out and blow out their tailpipes. So the Russian River Historical Society is responding by resuming its annual car show from 8 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21.

“It's a great community event. It supports the community, the school and the local nonprofits around here. It's been 22 years in the making, you know? It's a great event, and a great day of everybody getting together and sharing their cars and their hard work and longtime friends and buddies that get together every year,” said Jane Barry, president of the Russian River Historical Society.

The Northwood Commons will host the event, and instead of the yearly pancake breakfast, the merchants of Northwood will provide coffee and baked goods at Bia Café or a full breakfast or lunch at Northwood Restaurant.

The Caya Secoya Lodge has vacant rooms available for overnight guests, but they suggest making reservations in advance.

The Russian River Historical Society is asking all attendees to respect CDC guidelines and are tentatively planning to hold the show unless any COVID-19 numbers increase and force a cancellation, according to Barry.

“We just don't know what's going to happen. But we are moving forward with it. It's Saturday the 21st at Northwood Commons, as they call it, and it's outdoors,” Barry said.

Don and Suzi Schaffert, who owned the single-screen Rio Theatre in Monte Rio, started the car show initially to host the Santa brigade for children from low-income families. Then retired San Francisco firefighter Mike Murphy took over the show for many years before passing it over to the Russian River Historical Society.