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Volunteers rallying to save Spring Breakout

The thunder of engines powering vintage and custom vehicles will continue as a rite of spring in Fort Macleod.
Ted Buzunis and a group of volunteers has taken on the task of organizing the Spring Breakout car show on Saturday, April 16.
“We’re going to have a car show,” Buzunis confirmed Monday. “We’ve had so many people step up it’s just amazing.”
Spring Breakout, which has been held the third Saturday in April for two decades, was in jeopardy when the Southern Alberta Drag Racing Association withdrew its support.
The association said its members were too busy to organize the car show and dance, which led to a call last week in The Macleod Gazette for someone else to take charge.
“People don’t want to see it go away,” said Buzunis, a member of the drag racing group as well as Crossroads Cruisers, the local car club that used to organize Spring Breakout. “More and more people keep phoning and asking if they can help.”
Those volunteers include members of the Allied Arts Council, which is considering taking on hosting the event in future years.
Cars will begin lining up on Main Street about 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16. The show will officially start at 12 noon and run to about 4 p.m.
The challenge at this late date, Buzunis said, will be contacting out-of-town car owners to let them know Spring Breakout is going ahead.
“We have had a terrific phoning campaign,” Buzunis said.
People have contacted the presidents of out-of-town car clubs, who agreed to spread the word among their members.
Spring Breakout is also being advertised in print, on radio and on-line.
There is no fee to participate in Spring Breakout but donations will be accepted to help defray costs.
The first 100 cars registered will receive commemorative dash plaques.
Buzunis is now seeking out sponsors for a Spring Breakout T-shirt that will be sold as a souvenir.
“I’m going for 100 cars but if we get 200 that would be fantastic,” Buzunis said of expectations for April 16. “We just want a show. Our hopes are nothing beyond that.”
Anyone interested in supporting Spring Breakout as a volunteer or with a donation should contact Ted Buzunis at 403-553-4596.

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