Though most of the live events were cancelled due to the governor's restrictions and safety, some events have been turned virtual. Live streaming sends the events to people's homes.
Col. Drake wouldn't understand what is happening. He died long before the automobile and even longer before mobile technology. But Depew just rolls with the punches.
His characterization... well for decades he has been Drake to generations of Oil Heritage Festival goers.
Thursday night the two concerts and the crowning of the Oil Heritage Queen were done with social distancing and masks inside 228 Seneca Street and sent out live by Stream TV. Depew has long escorted the candidates to the stage for the announcement of the winner. He didn't break from that this year.
When COVID-19 started rearing its ugly head to disrupt his annual dredging up Drake from the grave, he just shrugged a shoulder and put on a mask.
Oil Heritage may be different this year, but it wasn't defeated. This may be the testament to remember as the city moves into its 150th year and the celebrations are taken up a notch. COVID-19 did not kill who we are.
Or tomorrow night at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnkI4DoDZC4
(At the lawyer's Guns and Money show you can watch the Rock-n-Roll judge I wrote this story about a few years back: https://venangoextra.com/everyone-has-a-story-the-rock-n-roll-judge)