This weekend, the “Battle in Bama” custom car show will bring hundreds of vehicles and thousands of people to the first major event at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park since the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Organizer Craig Rowley said the epidemic has shaped the fifth annual event in a variety of ways — even aside from the fact that it forced a postponement from its original May dates.
On the one hand, he said, it’s part of the first wave of major public events taking place after months of near-total shutdown. “I’ve gotten a lot of interest from people just looking for something to do,” Rowley said.
On the other hand, the epidemic brings new aspects to planning, such as the need to encourage social distancing and to comply with a state health order on mask use. It also affects people’s willingness to come out and their ability to