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Thousands flock to downtown Nelson as Queen City Cruise returns from pandemic hiatus

The Nelson Daily Staff
By The Nelson Daily Staff
September 12th, 2022

The downtown core of Nelson was filled with thousands of spectators Saturday as the Nelson Road Kings Queen City Cruise was welcomed back following a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entrants began arriving Friday for registration and the parade through the downtown core of the city.

Saturday was the big day as Queen City Cruise entrants filled parking spots on Baker Street to display their respective projects to the public.

Ray Campbell of Vernon won the Nelson Road Kings/Nelson Ford Best of the Show trophy.

This year was especially pleasing for Road Kings organizers who held an Engine raffle that surpassed the initial goal of $20,000 for the new ECG Machine for Kootenay Lake Hospital.

Nelson Road Kings joined with the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation to complete the fundraising goal.

Road Kings president Marcello Piro, amazed at the support from the community and local businesses to assist in the 2022 Queen City Cruise, said, thanks to a contribution from the staff at Safeway, the ECG fundraiser topped more than $35,000.

Along with numerous cars, trucks, motorcycles and antiques, there was a poker run and numerous vendors and food outlets as well as all day music from many of Nelson’s entertainment community, making the day another amazing success.

Nelson Road Kings President Marcello Piro (far right) and Liana from Bella Flora presents the winning Nelson Road Kings/Nelson Ford Best of the Show trophy to the Campbells from Vernon. — Photo courtesy Rob Richardson

These two Triumph beauties were parked in front of Ted Allen's Jewellery Saturday.

Travelling complete with an alternative source of transportation.

With an inside looking almost brand new.

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