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With COVID uncertainty in 2021, Twin Cities Auto Show moves outdoors

It'll be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

The Twin Cities Auto Show will be moving from its usual home at the Minneapolis Convention Center to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, as uncertainty continues over events in 2021.

The annual event will move outdoors for the 2021 show, and will also take place between May 15-23, more than two months later than usual. This means the weather will be better, and more time is given to efforts to roll out COVID-19 vaccines.

“Moving the show back two and a half months and going to an outdoor venue gives us a few advantages,” stated Scott Lambert, president of the Greater Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association (GMADA), which owns and operates the show.

“It provides us with some more time for the medical community to work its way toward a solution for COVID-19,” he added. "And the outside venue will provide our guests with more space for social distancing and fresh air."

Organizers say the outdoor setting will allow the show to go beyond its usual indoor offering, which will include "more ride and drives, vehicle demonstrations, highlights for emerging technologies such as electric vehicles and lots of the trucks that Minnesotan’s love to drive."

Tickets for the show are now available at a reduced price of $10. Parking for the event will be free of charge. You can find out more here:

There remains uncertainty over the status of large events in Minnesota. Such events have been prevented from going ahead in the state since the onset of the pandemic in March, causing the cancelation of numerous major festivals including the Minnesota State Fair.

But with the COVID-19 vaccine now starting to be rolled out, there's hope that America can be on its way back to a modicum of normality by mid-spring to summer.

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