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Polk County Democrats announce drive-in Steak Fry for 2020

The annual event will be adapted to meet social distancing guidelines, and masks are required to move outside vehicles.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Editor's Note: The video above is from the 2019 Polk County Steak Fry. 

The Polk County Democrats are adapting their annual Steak Fry to meet social distancing guidelines, according to a Wednesday annoucnement.

The first ever drive-in Polk County Steak Fry is scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Airplane Field at Des Moines Water Works Park. Attendees will be able to watch the program from the comfort of their own vehicles starting at 6:30 p.m. 

Steak, chicken and vegan dinners will be delivered directly to cars, and social distancing rules will be enforced. 

Face coverings are required if attendees are outside their cars.

Tickets are on sale now for $35. Former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris, who was announced Tuesday as the party's 2020 vice presidential candidate, have been invited to headline the event. 

Democratic leaders from across the country will join in on the event. All speakers will be announced in the upcoming weeks. 

“2020 is the most important election of our lives and not even a national pandemic can stop us from organizing,” Polk County Chair Sean Bagniewski said in a press release. 

"Iowa is a battleground state this year and a record-breaking turnout in Polk County will turn Iowa blue again. As it has for decades, the final leg of the road to an Iowa victory starts at the Steak Fry.” 

The Republican National Committee weighed in on the modified Steak Fry this year:

“While Trump Victory has been working around the clock to earn the votes of Iowans through in-person and virtual events, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris couldn’t even commit to speaking with donors of their own party with less than 90 days out from Election Day," RNC Spokesperson Preya Samsundar said in part.