By Emmitt Feldner
For The Beacon
ELKHART LAKE – The 35th annual VSCDA Vintage Festival will take place in September, with a few modifications.
The Village Board Monday approved the request for the annual show Sept. 18-20 at Road America and The Osthoff Resort, but without allowing a police escort for the car parade from the track to the resort.
“This year, we want to treat everybody the same,” Village President Richard Sadiq explained, noting that a police escort was not provided for the Concours D’Elegance event earlier this summer.
“We’re trying to do our best to mitigate any concerns – not just you, but our participants as well,” Mike Korneli of the VSCDA told the board.
He emphasized that the event is not as large as the Concours event in terms of either the number of cars or spectators. “We don’t even get 20 percent of what they got,” Korneli commented.
He added that the group would not be seeking to close any village streets to display the cars as in the past, but that the display would be held at the resort.
There was some discussion over where to stage the car display at The Osthoff, with Korneli saying the club hoped to set up the display on the lawn surrounding the resort.
Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly noted that there is no way to access the lawn without crossing the village right-of-way for the lakefront walkway. The village has declined in the past to allow vehicular traffic on the walkway.
The vote to approve the vintage show was 5-1, with Trustee Michael Wolf voting no after expressing his support for allowing the car display on the Osthoff lawn.
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Another set of requests for another event, the annual Elkhart Lake Triathlon, was withdrawn after event organizers informed the village they were cancelling the event that had been rescheduled for Sept. 20.
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Trustee Terri Knowles reported that room tax revenues for the last quarter were high enough that the Tourism Commission, “is not going to have to use as much of their reserves,” as anticipated.