Jacksonville, FL — After word began leaking Friday about a date change, Amelia Island Concours officials have made their official announcement, originally scheduled for tomorrow (Jan. 12), that the 26th annual event will move to May 20-23. The concours had been scheduled for March 4-7.
“At the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation made a promise to put the safety of our spectators, volunteers, entrants, judges, vendors, sponsors, staff and board of directors first,” organizers said in a statement issued today. “Every day since, our team has consulted experts, followed local and national developments and weighed our options. We worked tirelessly to create a plan that would allow us to move forward. We also set benchmarks that would require us to pause.”
Officials are hopeful the date change will allow a greater number of people to have received the coronavirus vaccine. A May event could also boost attendance, which would translate to more funds for the concours’ 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.