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A group of vintage car enthusiasts touring coast to coast of Canada will stop at Stettler on August 22-23.

The more than 40 vintage vehicles left St. John’s, Newfoundland on July 5 and since then have been slowly heading west with an expected arrival in Victoria on August 28.

In total, the trip for enthusiasts is expected to last 55 days. Vehicles will begin arriving the morning of August 22 where they will set up at the local campground before enjoying a train ride and meal hosted by Alberta Prairie Steam train Tours.

Once back in Stettler, a wine and cheese reception was organized for the group by the city and the council for travelers.

On August 23, the Parrish and Heimbecker Elevator Society will welcome travelers with a 10 a.m. event that will include tours and a threshing demonstration. Later in the afternoon, travelers will have time to explore the wide range of retail options at Stettler before being offered a tour of the Scott Savage Auto Collection and Passion Automotive restoration workshop.

The Stettler Jazz Guys will entertain the group at Stettler Community Hall at 5 p.m. before a pork roast presented by the Ponoka Piston Poppers Auto Club and Center Ice Concessions, sponsored by the Central Alberta Vintage Auto Club. While the pig roast is limited to travelers and other guests, community members are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and meals and join in the festivities while checking out the classic cars.

The Stettler Farmers Market and the Stettler Brewing Company will also be open during the evening.

The Canadian Coasters held their first tour in 1967, beginning in Victoria, BC and ending in St. John’s, NL. The Ontario group had 125 official entries in the first year.

On August 24, the group will travel to their next destination in Whitecourt, Alberta.

Vehicles participating in this tour must be at least 25 years old.

For more information on this tour, visit www.coasters2022.com.

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