Corey Ripley stands behind a Harley Davidson motorcycle

Main Street comes alive during Stampede weekend

Main Street was busy on Saturday, June 11, as multiple events took advantage of Steel Wheel Stampede parade crowds and visitors.

Main Street was busy on Saturday, June 11, as multiple events took advantage of Steel Wheel Stampede parade crowds and visitors.

The Stettler Car Club’s annual Show’n’Shine moved from its usual location at the Stettler Mall to the northernmost block of Main Street, where car aficionados set up their automobiles, ranging in age from the early 1900s to just decades old.

Stettler’s Brian Weeks brought out his 1930 Ford Sports Coupe Model A, which has been restored to near original condition. He’s had it for the past five years, and acquired it from a Red Deer woman whose husband had done most of the restoration work.

“It was in excellent shape,” he said, but added the restoration, whether from scratch or from a partially completed restoration, is “all fun.”

He brings his car to a show on a trailer, not because he’s afraid to drive it, but because the vehicle can’t manage highway speeds. At its fastest, the car can manage a speedy 45 miles per hour, and doesn’t have signal lights.

“It’s just not highway safe,” he said.

About 20 different cars and trucks were on display under the cloudy sky.

Corey Ripley came up with a Harley Davidson booth where the group held its annual barbecue, serving up hot dogs and hamburgers. They were giving away a motorcycle as well as promoting their 15-year-old Stop Bully program, which Ripley said is “arguably the oldest anti-bullying program in Canada.”

While there isn’t a large Harley Davidson population in Stettler, the club is looking to recruit more members to start running the program locally.

Art Walk brightens Main

The annual Stettler Art Walk had artists from the local communities as well as central Alberta setting up their art paintings, hand-made jewelry, pottery, painted ceramics and more.

The Art walk allows people to stroll up and down Main Street to take in the local art, meet artists, gather contacts and purchase art.

This year, the rain held off for most of the event, allowing artists to display their work in full glory, though at times the wind picked up or unexpectedly gusting, more than once sending a piece of art flying.

 

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