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Fort Macleod weekend has focus on past

Everything old is new again this weekend in Fort Macleod.
Treasures of all sorts are to be found at the 14th annual Fort Macleod Antique Sale and Show organized by the Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re doing really good,” Chamber administrative assistant Kristi Edwards said. “We’re on par with matching what we did last year.”
The antique sale and show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 20 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 21.
By Friday 45 vendors had rented 74 of the 95 available booths at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
Edwards said more vendors are expected for the sale and show.
“Just this morning I had people phone from Vancouver,” Edwards said.
The vendors are bringing all manner of antiques, including furniture, military gear, oil and kerosene lamps, dish ware, comics and jewellery.
“There will be something for everyone,” Edwards said. “I’m quite excited about it.”
People attending the sale and show will have a chance to win one of the door prizes donated by the antique dealers in Fort Macleod. Everyone who pays the $4 admission is entered for a chance to win a door prize.
Fort Macleod Sharks Swim Club will once again operate the concession at the sale and show.
“As always, I’m sure it will be delicious,” Edwards said. “They know how to do it.”
Proceeds from the antique sale and show support ongoing operations of the Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce.
“The antique sale is one of the main sources of revenue the Chamber has through the year,” Edwards noted. “It has done phenomenally well in the past.”
Edwards said the antique sale benefits from the presence of another event with a focus on the past — the Spring Breakout car show.
Vintage and custom vehicles will be on display on Main Street from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20.
The car show each year attracts close to 100 vehicles from all over southern Alberta and even B.C. and Saskatchewan.
Each vehicle that registers for the car show has a chance to win the prestigious title of “Coolest Cruiser.”
The car show officially starts at 12 noon, but cars start lining up shortly after 10 a.m.
At Monday’s meeting council approved a request from organizer Ted Buzunis to close Main Street for the car show.
“A lot of people will come to the antique sale and then go to the car show,” Edwards said, adding people here for the car show also attend the antique sale. “It’s good we’re in such close vicinity. People can park and walk to both places.”
Volunteers with the Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade committee will be selling bags of popcorn at the antique sale and car show as a fund-raiser.
The Chamber of Commerce has also organized a town-wide garage sale for Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20.
“Our antique dealers love it,” Edwards said, explaining the dealers will often check out the garage sales when not manning their booths at the arena. “They work really well together.”
Twenty-three garage sales were registered with the Chamber of Commerce by Monday morning.
For a complete list of garage sale locations, see the ad in this edition of The Macleod Gazette.
Garage sale maps are also available at Tru Hardware and Hansen’s Family Foods.