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Vintage and custom cars to line Fort Macleod’s Main Street

Ted Buzunis is lead organizer of the annual Spring Breakout car show in Fort Macleod. The event is on Saturday, June 18.

Ted Buzunis is lead organizer of the annual Spring Breakout car show in Fort Macleod. The event is on Saturday, June 18.

Fort Macleod’s historic Main Street will be transformed into an automotive showcase Saturday, June 18.
Vintage and custom vehicles of all makes and models will line Main Street for the annual Spring Breakout.
Ted Buzunis, who took the lead on organizing Spring Breakout several years ago, said Friday plans are coming together for the 2016 event.
“I do it for the town,” Buzunis said. “If somebody doesn’t do it, it’s going to go away. It’s a tradition and I think it’s worth keeping.”
“The whole idea of the car show is to bring people onto Main Street.”
Spring Breakout started out in the curling rink and later moved on to Main Street.
Spring Breakout was held in mid-April as the first car show of the season until just a few years ago.
After heavy snowfall forced cancellation of several shows, organizers gave in and moved it to June.
The weather dictates the number of vehicles that will show up for Spring Breakout.
“These guys don’t want to bring their cars out in the rain or snow,” Buzunis said. “That was the main reason for changing the date.”
Spring Breakout now coincides with the Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce’s antique sale and show.
Buzunis said the events work well together.
“Everything adds up to just being a great day for Fort Macleod,” Buzunis said.
Buzunis said Spring Breakout helps boost the local economy and is welcomed by the business community.
“The businesses have really got behind it,” said Buzunis, who encourages businesses to organize sales and specials to capitalize on the pedestrian traffic.
“We bring between 2,000 and 5,000 people onto Main Street,” Buzunis said. “Five thousand might be a stretch but I know 2,000 isn’t.”
“Most of the participants are from out of town. They’re bringing their money here, and that’s a good thing economically.”
Spring Breakout attracts between 95 and 196 vehicles each year, depending on factors such as the weather.
Participants come from all over Alberta and into British Columbia.
One of the reasons for strong participation is the number of prizes awarded at Spring Breakout.
“We give out more trophies and more prizes than ever before,” Buzunis said. “We’re trying to grow it, to make it more popular.”
Volunteers are appointed to judge the vehicles whose owners have paid the $10 registration fee.
The owner of the automobile judged best in show gets a trophy and a $100 gift certificate.
Trophies and $50 gift certificates are presented in a variety of other categories.
Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of jobs, including registration and parking.
Corporate sponsors are also needed.
Spring Breakout remains a Fort Macleod tradition that is not likely to change any time soon.
“Every guy is a car guy,” Buzunis said with a chuckle. “It’s the love of the automobile. It’s always been there. You want to look better and go faster.”
Nostalgia plays a role for both collectors and people who attend car shows.
“I think there’s a lot of nostalgia to it, especially for the older people,” Buzunis said.
For information or to get involved with Spring Breakout call Ted Buzunis at 403-553-4596.

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