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Coronavirus cancellations adding up

In addition to the cancellation of Summer’s Last Blast, the 2020 Vernon Burnin’ Bike Ride has also been cancelled, according to Ride coordinator Rick Graf.

Graf said the decision to cancel the Ride, which traditionally follows the weekend after Summer’s Last Blast and is co-sponsored by the Vernon Jaycees and the Vernon Optimist Club, was made in May as the Covid-19 cases began to rise.

“We had decided to cancel it for this year, and we just hope everything will be better next year,” Graf said. “That will be our 25th anniversary year, and we are already making plans for it.”

The Vernon Burnin’ traditionally draws some 225 to 250 riders from not only the area but other states as well as the bikers take on their choice of four routes –  12 miles, 22 miles, 33 mile route and the 62 mile (100K) route.

The Vernon Burnin’ is one of several community activities that have been cancelled since the Covid-19 virus began spreading across the United States this past spring. Other cancelled events have included the community Easter activities, Doan’s Picnic, Santa Rosa Roundup and Summer’s Last Blast as well as Vernon College graduation ceremonies.

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