Drivers are invited to stay quarantined inside their vehicles, honk and wave, and support local restaurants at Friday night event.
Lake of the Ozarks is joining communities across the country in an activity reminiscent of cruising down the Bagnell Dam Strip. The Bagnell Dam Strip Loop 2020 will take place Friday at 7 p.m. as drivers make a few laps waving and honking, all while staying quarantined inside their vehicles.
Jasen Jones, community organizer and director of Old Kinderhook, came up with the idea on his commute to work earlier this week.
“I grew up in a small, rural town and this was the only thing we had to do on weekends - was to make loops down main street up on the Mississippi levee,” Jones said. “Now once a year everyone from our hometown tries to make it home for the annual Loop.”
Other communities have recently been documented having their own flash mob type of event from behind the wheel — driving around in a caravan through neighborhoods as a way to get out of the house while still practicing social distancing.
“I’m doing this to keep our community positive and offer a safe environment during COVID-19 from the comfort of your quarantined vehicle. As many people want to get out of the house, I thought this was a safe measure to at least see our friends in community,” Jones said.
Drivers can make as many loops down Bagnell Dam as they’d like. Jones notes it might be worth taking a detour across the toll bridge now that it’s open for free.
He goes on to encourage people to wear a mask (even a Halloween mask if not driving), use glow sticks if you have them, and to make sure to wave and honk.
Participants are encouraged to grab some carry-out to support local restaurants, but are asked to stay quarantined inside their vehicles.
“The key to our community is ‘unity.’ That we all stay strong, positive and help lift each other up. We will get through this and I have no doubt we will be stronger because of it,” Jones said.