CREEDE- Even though the trees around the San Juan and La Garita Mountain Ranges were barely beginning to turn this weekend, the high mountain town of Creede was a hopping place as the annual Cruising the Canyon Car Show rolled into town on Saturday.
The morning began bright and clear with only intermittent clouds rolling through the Colorado blue sky throughout the day. Main Street was packed from top to bottom with 107 vehicles that came to participate in the Show. “We were just so happy to have everyone come out who either participated in the show or just came to enjoy. We are very happy with how things turned out,” said event coordinator Vicki Kulyk.
One lucky spectator was able to go home with a woman’s gift basket at the end of the day. Thanks to generous donations from Abby Lane Gallery, Off Broadway, Tomkins Hardware, Finding Gems, The Holy Moses, Blue Yak Boutique, San Juan Sports, Colorado Kettle Corn, Wild Beaver Mountain Man Emporium, Rare Things Gallery, Elk Country, Creede Olive Oil Company, Quiller Gallery and C Waters Gallery.
As people wandered along the main drag looking at the wide variety of vehicles, they were able to enjoy the many shops and restaurants open just for the event. One show participant, local Clint Johnson, had his customized rock crawler, a 1992 Jeep CJ, stationed in the middle of the street where it crawled up the tire of another vehicle.
Music, which was provided by the Creede and Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, filled the fall air while guests walked up and down Main Street. “We just want to thank everyone who participated in the show, those who came out to enjoy the beautiful day and all of the volunteers who helped block off streets, park cars and help with everything throughout the day. And of course the Chamber for all of their planning and event preparation. It was a great event,” finished Kulyk.
On Sunday vehicle owners gathered down at the Mineral County Airport for the annual fly-in event and breakfast. A pilot out of Pagosa Springs made the day complete by performing tricks in the sky in his small red plane.
This year, the Best of Show award went to Mario Armenta from Albuquerque, New Mexico for his four door 1956 Pontiac Star Chief which was originally his grandfather’s car. The vehicle is a very rare make and model; which was painted turquoise and white and sparkled in the autumn sunshine as it caught the eyes of the attending crowd.