The Queen City Cruise is fun for the whole family with a weekend full of events.

Nelson’s Queen City Cruise motoring into an 11th year

This weekend Nelson will play host to hundreds of car enthusiasts as the Nelson Road Kings host the 11th annual Queen City Cruise.

This weekend Nelson will play host to hundreds of car enthusiasts as the Nelson Road Kings host the 11th annual Queen City Cruise.

Road Kings president and Queen City Cruise committee chair Mike Keegan attributes the event’s success to an active membership of over 100 who meet monthly to plan.

“We’ve got a good bunch of volunteers that’s willing to put some effort into it, some time into it, and because of that it’s turned out pretty good,” he says.

The Queen City Cruise has continued to grow since the first cruise in 2003. Keegan remembers that first year, minus a few features that have become synonymous with the event of today like the rooftop dance and poker run.

“I’ve been there since the beginning,” he says. “Our first show had 225 cars and now we’ve gone to about 350 to 360.”

Car collectors from far and wide come to the Heritage City to show off their cars — most from Washington, Idaho as well as Southern BC and Alberta, but some from as far as California and Saskatchewan. Seeing folks enjoy themselves is the reward for their efforts, Keegan says.

“I still enjoy it after all these years. I like to see all my friends come and the people we’ve gotten to know over the years,” he says. “Lots of them come up to me and say ‘I’ve never missed a show.’ ‘I love this.’ ‘This is my favourite place to come.’ We get that all the time. It’s gratifying.”

Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce executive director Tom Thomson says the event is a boon to the community.

“It’s something that takes place once a year and people come from all over the Pacific Northwest to take part in it,” he says. “The businesses can benefit and the community benefits by good exposure.”

After registration, activity kicks off Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. with Nelson Chrysler hosting the Soap Box Derby on Lake Street. At 6 p.m. is the parade through downtown. On Saturday at 10 a.m. is the Show and Shine on Baker Street.

Keegan says there may still be tickets available at the Hume Hotel for the Rooftop Dance held on Saturday night. It starts at 7 p.m.

 

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Nelson climate strike packs downtown to demand action

An inter-generational crowd staged a ‘die-in’ as part of the global strike Friday

Nelson’s Cedar Grove Estates affordable housing site to receive $3.2 million in renos

The project was made public during the Nelson CARES annual general meeting

Kootenay Lake ferry to shut down Saturday afternoon

Service to resume Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m.

Mystery illness killing Kootenay bees

Samples being sent to laboratories for analysis

Woman stabbed in downtown Nelson

Victim is in hospital, suspect is in police custody

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, as well as New World Tea and Coffee House

Trudeau seeks meeting with Singh to apologize for blackface, brownface photos

‘I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,’ Trudeau said Friday

Charges stayed against Alberta RCMP officer in alleged off-duty Whistler assault

Const. Vernon Hagen instead completed an alternative measures program

Most Read