After not being able to host its weekly car show last summer due to COVID-19 restrictions, Red Deer Cruise Night is ready to make its comeback this week.
The first Red Deer Cruise Night of its 20th anniversary year is expected to happen this Thursday in the north Parkland Mall parking from 6 to 9 p.m.
“It’s really exciting,” said Dave Burden, Red Deer Cruise Night CEO.
“We have been basically shut down for static shows for almost two years with everything that’s going on, so this is going to be our first big show in a long time. We’re looking forward to catching up with some people we haven’t been able to see in a long time as well.”
Burden said he’s noticed some classic cars, that he had not seen at shows in previous years, driving around the city and he hopes to see them at the event.
“Being that this is a grand opening that hasn’t happened for a couple of years and so many people have been locked up, they’re excited to come out for it. Depending on how the weather holds up … we’re really hoping for between 300 and 600 rides, and a few thousand people,” he said.
“As long as everyone is being safe and having fun, that’s what it’s all about.”
Anyone is welcome to show off their vehicle at the event, Burden added.
“It’s all about pride in your ride. If you’ve been working on something and you’re thinking it might not be show-worthy, … we still want to see what you’re doing. We’d love to see what you’re up to,” said Burden.
Leading up to the weekly car show in the mall parking lot, Red Deer Cruise Night has hosted a few smaller rides, including a small show for veterans and first responders dealing with post traumatic stress disorder on Canada Day. About 100 vehicles attended that show.
Red Deer Cruise Night’s executive staff will also be hosting Sylvan Lake Cruise Night events this summer. Burden said they are working with the town to get access to a parking lot to host the car show.
“We’re hoping to get that finalized (soon) as well,” he said.
Anyone interested in heading out to the first Red Deer Cruise Night or Sylvan Lake Cruise Night of the year is asked to keep an eye on the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/reddeercruisenight.