Cruise To Celebrate 30 Years June 4



Two local car enthusiasts arranged a "Cruise" on the first Saturday evening in June of 1981. Ben Maerz and John Robinson sat on the steps of the Three Hills Post Office and watched the vehicles. What started out to be a small event for a local group, grew to place Three Hills on the map as Western Canada's Cruise Capital, 30 years later.
The car crazy club dubbed themselves the Three Hills Street Freaks, and soon their leisurely past time became more organized, as more vehicle owners and spectators showed interest each year. The cruising led way to the first Show and Shine, which was meager in numbers compared to what it is today.
Now the vehicles line Main Street, and spill over to Railway Ave, including the grassy CNR Rite of Way. Registration for Cruise Nite 2011 will start at 9 AM, June 4th, for clean, street legal cars and trucks of special interest, at the west end of Main Street, at a cost of $10.00. Kevin Price, Three Hills Street Freaks Past President, says if the weather is nice, it is expected that more than 1000 vehicles will arrive. In the past, as many as 1500 vehicles have attended, from all over North America.
This year marks the 30th Annual Three Hills Street Freaks Cruise Nite/Show and Shine/ Swap Meet, but will also be known as the Reg Nelson Memorial. Reg was a Street Freaks member, who passed away last fall. The club got together to come up with a design, in memory of Reg, for the artwork on the T-shirts sold.
The morning of the fourth, a Cruise Day breakfast will be held at the Knox United Church from 8 AM - 11 AM, with pancakes, sausage and beans. The cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. All proceeds will go to church charities.
As registration starts, the vehicles will take over the "Big L". Pet owners are asked to please leave their dogs at home. The Swap Meet vendors will be on hand, selling a variety of auto-related products, clothing, and memorabilia. An assortment of food booths will be present operated by not-for-profit groups.
Later in the afternoon, Show and Shine participants will be judged by the Street Freaks with first, second and third place Club Choice Awards. Shortly after, the cruising will commence.
The third annual Motorcycle Show, sponsored by the Three Hills and District Chamber of Commerce, is to be held at the Three Hills Curling Rink this year. With doors, including the big west entrance, opening at 11 AM, entries can roll in any time after. The show runs from noon to 5 PM, and there is no registration or admission fee. Chamber Executive Director Tim Shearlaw said, "feel free to come and go."
At 8- 12 PM, a cabaret at the Curling Rink will close out the big day. The show features Edmonton's Shades of Grey. Tickets are $10.00 at the door, or $7.00 in advance, available at Sears Three Hills, or from Norm Campion.