Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach, Run to the Sun, S.C.‘s Largest Garage Sale all canceled due to COVID-19

Events continue being canceled, postponed due to pandemic

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The 2020 editions of several annual events in Myrtle Beach were canceled this week due to COVID-19.

Organizers of Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach, which was set to take place Sept. 6 through Sept. 12, announced its cancellation on Wednesday.

“We had every intention to proceed with the event and had a COVID-19 action plan ready to implement,” an Aug. 5 post on Mustang Week’s Facebook page stated. “Please understand that the health and safety of Mustang Week participants, spectators, sponsors, volunteers, and staff were our foremost concern for 2020.”

On Aug. 3, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s executive order regarding mass gatherings went into effect. It states attendance at events may not exceed 250 people, unless organizers can demonstrate that attendees will comply with federal and state COVID-19 procedures and protocols.

Mustang Week organizers stated in their social media post that they were made aware of the restrictions this week and, “up until this point, we felt more than confident that we would be able to hold all of our scheduled, official Mustang Week events, while closely following the City of Myrtle Beach and the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.”

For those who have registered for the car show, they will be issued a full refund.

Founder and President of Extreme Productions Inc. Rodney Melton organizes Mustang Week. He says cancelling the event was the best decision to make for both the safety of the vendors and those attending.

But Melton says making that decision wasn’t easy.

“It’s very stressful trying to make the right decisions and getting everybody to agree on the same topics, like wearing masks.,” said. “You hate to disappoint people that look forward to coming to the event. So it’s overall been stressful.”

This was to be the 19th year for Mustang Week, which isn’t the only September event in Myrtle Beach that’s been canceled due to the pandemic.

Organizers of the 32nd Run to the Sun, which was rescheduled for September, said it is also officially off.

“While we are disappointed, circumstances prevent us from hosting the show in September,” according to a Thursday post on the Pee Dee Street Rodders’ Facebook page. “We look forward to getting together in March 2021 for another outstanding event.”

Spokepseron for Pee Dee Street Rodders David Rodgers says people that have per-registered for the show will be registered for their next in 2021 and they are willing to offer customers a refund if they can’t attend the rescheduled event.

Rodgers says it was tough decision to make to cancel the event, but in the best interest of safety, it needed to be done.

“An event this size and people coming from 25-30 states with the COVID-19 [environment], it’s just something we can’t deal with,” Rodgers said.

On Friday afternoon, Myrtle Beach officials announced that South Carolina’s Largest Garage Sale won’t take place on Oct. 3 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

This would have been the garage sale’s 32nd year. According to a post on Myrtle Beach City Government’s Facebook page, plans are to announce a date for 2021 sometime after the first of the year.

Some of the entertainment venues McMaster has permitted to open their doors are taking place along the Grand Strand, with added safety measures put into place.

Numerous theatre and musical productions are lighting up the stage, requiring all attendees to wear masks and keep their 6-feet distance.

Some events, like the 2020 Southeast Christian School Convention are taking the virtual route, now holding their convention online.

Although Mustang Week and “Run to the Sun” aren’t happening this year, their planners are encouraging all car lovers to hold on tight and prepare to ride again in 2021.

“Hopefully everything will be cleared up an we’ll be back next year stronger and better than ever,” Melton said.

On Friday afternoon, Myrtle Beach officials announced that South Carolina’s Largest Garage Sale won’t take place on Oct. 3 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

This would have been the garage sale’s 32nd year. According to a post on Myrtle Beach City Government’s Facebook page, plans are to announce a date for 2021 sometime after the first of the year.

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