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Tuesday , 27 July 2021

Car cruise rolling through Elk Point this weekend

Elk Point residents will get the closest thing to a car show this summer on Saturday.

Car enthusiasts from Elk Point, Bonnyville, and Cold Lake are heading to Elk Point for a car parade through the town.

Richard Ganske and Dave Nestorivich are organizing the cruise.

Ganske said they’ve been doing similar drives in Cold Lake every Thursday with 30-80 participants.

“We were doing these cruises in Cold Lake with me and my wife. We go every week pretty much and she said…’Well, why couldn’t we do one here?'” said Ganske.

“We kind of got a little group that we started here a while back in Cold Lake and we kind of just meet every Thursday….just to BS about cars and stuff like that. We just kind of get together and do little COVID cruises around Cold Lake.”

You don’t need to be a part of a car club to take part in the cruise, said Ganske, as any and all are welcome.

Members from the Bonnyville Gear Grabbers and Cold Lake Cruisers are travelling down for the drive.

“Anybody who wants to bring their car–hot rod, street rod, pickup truck, whatever they feel they’re proud of and want to show off a little bit and maybe be part of the parade,” said Ganske.

“We’re not raising money for nothing. We’re just trying to put some smiling faces in the town again.”

Typically, the Elk Point Auto Club hosts a car show in the first weekend of June.

Ganske and company had plans to do the drive last weekend, but the weather didn’t cooperate.

The forecast for Saturday calls for warm temperatures.

Participants are supposed to gather at 1 o’clock at the Eco Centre and the cruise begins at 2:00 p.m.

If you’re celebrating a birthday or anniversary, put a balloon or sign in your yard and the cruisers will honk their horns.

“They’re just a lot of fun and it’s a good way to get out of the house. Put some smiles on people’s faces and especially for the seniors and the little kids–they’re the ones that are really affected by this whole COVID thing.”

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.