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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Gears And Cheers

From left, Randy Fadden, Rod Fadden and Tom Hartwell from Copper Cork Distillery all set up for attendees to try out their locally made alcoholic beverages.

The Vermilion Ag Society presented their first Gears and Cheers Car Show under beautiful blue skies and with wonderfully warm weather conditions on Sunday, June 26.

This family-friendly event had numerous classic cars and trucks, as well as souped-up vehicles for attendees to view and ask questions about. The owners of the vehicle were in their element as they discussed the modifications some of the vehicles have undergone and the history of their project.

Kirby Whitlock who is the proud owner of his grandmother's 81’ Ford Thunderbird recounted the story of how his grandmother’s car was sold out of the family and one day he saw it and asked the owner if he could buy it back.

Keith and William Crocker are proud owners of a 69’ mustang and explained that they were always into vintage tractors, but decided to purchase the mustang as well.

“We are usually into vintage tractors and participate in the vintage tractor pulls at the Fair each year, but decided to branch out into the classic cars when the mustang became available,” Keith explained.

From left, Keith and William Crocker standing along side their 69 Mustang. Photos Lorna Hamilton

Classic and modified cars were not the only thing to partake in at the event, adults also had the opportunity to taste test alcoholic beverages from three local distilleries and breweries, such as Copper Cork Distillery-Vermilion, Journey North Cider-Bonnyville and Cold Lake Brewing and Distillery was on hand. If alcohol wasn’t an attendee’s forte they could enjoy the two food vendors on site. Something Sweet Coffee & Bake Shop –Mannville was offering lunch, snack and beverage items and Hero’s Food Truck-Wainwright offered the fair-like food to enjoy.

Coordinator of the event and Ag Society executive member Nicole Polishuk was pleased with the turnout at the event and was excited to offer the family-friendly event.

“This is our first year for this event and I am super excited about it all! I am hoping the event will grow and we will be able to make this an annual event and expand it to have tractors and motorcycles etc. in the future. We don’t only have vehicles from the Vermilion area; we have them from Bonnyville and Rivercourse. It would be awesome to have it even bigger and better next year,” commented Polishuk.

The event was very affordable as admission was by donation, the food prices were on par and the tickets to try the drinks from the local establishments were only $5 each. Proceeds from the event will be used to help renovate the washrooms at the Ag Society.

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