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Jerry Platt Beach Park drives down Genesee Street his 1927 'T Bucket' during third annual 'Scoop Unplugged' event Waukegan last

Jerry Platt, of Beach Park drives down Genesee Street in his 1927 "T Bucket" during the third annual "Scoop Unplugged" event in Waukegan last year. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 19, 2013 6:17AM

As summer starts to settle in, the events calendar is burning up faster than a half-wick on an M-80. And so, as Lake County residents plan out their weekends, the News-Sun fields inquiries that seem simple on first glance:

“I saw you did a article on Scoop the Loop last year. Are you aware if there is going to be one for 2013?”

For anyone who has followed the Scoop saga over the decades, and especially over the last few years, you can see why this is not a question with a simple “yes” or “no.”

If the subject is, from a legal perspective, “Scoop the Loop,” then we have a mixed response. Yes, there is a Scoop the Loop on the horizon, but no, it will not be in Waukegan. As those who have followed this story can tell you, “Scoop the Loop” is a copyrighted trademark that belongs to the car aficionados at North Shore Rods Inc., and they no longer have an association with the city of Waukegan.

In recent years, North Shore Rods has staged its Scoop as a static car show at Gurnee Days, and that is on the schedule for Aug. 11 in Viking Park on Old Grand Avenue. For those who are really blocking out their summer, Aug. 11 would be a Sunday, and the Scoop is slated to run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Now comes the second (or third) part of the answer: When it comes to a Scoop event in the city of its inception, yes, plans are being sketched for a Scoop Unplugged on July 13. If you’ve lost track of what’s what in the Scoop world — and who could blame you? — Scoop Unplugged is the grass-roots, non-city-sponsored, non-copyrighted version of driving around downtown Waukegan, primarily on or around the Genesee Street bridge.

“People start to show up around 5 o’clock and they drive around until it gets dark,” said Green Town Tavern owner Bob Sobel, describing how the unsanctioned event gets back to its roots. “We try to find enough parking spaces for people who want to show their cars, and some people scoop down Genesee and then out to Sheridan and loop back around.”

Look for word to start spreading via social media in coming days, and also stay tuned for news on whether or not a city-sponsored version might take flight in 2014 or beyond — not that we’re trying to make things any more confusing.

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