The city of West Fargo has given the green light to a Cruise Night from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.
The annual once-a-summer-month Cruise Nights scheduled in June and July were cancelled due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.
A number of changes have been made to next month's event in accordance with the North Dakota Smart Restart Plan. Instead of cruising the streets, each classic vehicle will be parked for the entire night. A typical Cruise Night features 800 cars, but the August event will be limited to 200 cars parked along the street.
Attendees are also encouraged to wear face masks and hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations will be available.
The West Fargo City Commission voted to allow West Fargo Events to take over organization of some of it's biggest events, including Cruise Nights, The Street Fair, Taste of West Fargo and the city's biggest event, West Fest.
Cruise Nights have historically been hosted by the city and Toppers Car Club. The city will continue to be involved in the event planning, but West Fargo Events staff will help lessen the workload on city employees, said City Spokeswoman Melissa Richard.
While the city owns the two outdoor plazas, the plaza at Lights on Sheyenne 32 and the POW/MIA Plaza, West Fargo Events manages the events at both locations. West Fargo Events can lease out the venue to other promoters to bring in shows such as Epic Events, who will be hosting large concerts with performers such as Sawyer Brown and Hairball next month.
The city currently pays West Fargo Events $14,000 per month for programming plus $8,600 to manage the parking garage, this year, there would not be a need for an increase in charges.
However, Mayor Bernie Dardis said he is very against the change of management, because the city has no direction over the West Fargo Events board of directors, which includes only two voting members from the city and there is no doubt the organization would come back to the city with requests for additional staff.