By Shawn Raymundo 

The Rotary Club of San Juan Capistrano announced late Wednesday, Feb. 6, that it had to cancel its annual Car Show event that was scheduled for the coming Saturday.

The Car Show was initially supposed to occur the week prior on Feb. 2 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center and Sports Park, but inclement weather prompted the Rotary to postpone the event to Feb. 9.

However, because of the considerable rainfall over the past week, the grounds at the Sports Park have remained too muddy and soggy for about 400 vehicles to be driving on, said Paul Murai, a rotary member and chairman of the Car Show.

“It was hard to make this call. Our show has a great reputation, and we would not proceed without a field of grass and greatly appreciated sponsors, vendors and volunteers,” Murai said in a press release. “We appreciate the many individuals and organizations that continue to support our show, and with Mother Nature’s help, we promise to come back next year on grass and under blue skies.”

John Caldwell, a member of the Rotary Club, noted that they are only given the two-week window to host the event as the field needs to be prepared for the upcoming sports season.

In the past 16 years that the Rotary has put on the Car Show, it’s never had a cancellation, Caldwell noted. Prior to this year, the Rotary had postponed the event only one other time.

The annual event, which is a fundraiser for several charities and organizations, typically raises about $30,000. Caldwell said the Rotary has begun thinking about creating an alternative event this year in lieu of the canceled show.

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