Every year, Rock’n August paints the town red.
The smell of barbecue propane, the sound of classic rock music and the sight of shiny, spiffed up cars are all common occurrences at Rock’n August events. It’s also a time where people see local businesses giving back to their community.
On Tuesday morning, Rock’n August’s grand opening kicked off with a pancake breakfast at St. Albert Inn & Suites. It featured representatives from all levels of government and speakers from the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce. They thanked the numerous sponsors who helped make everything happen.
Mayor Cathy Heron officially proclaimed Aug. 7 through 11 Rock’n August Week and St. Albert NDP MLA Marie Renaud wished everyone a good time. St. Albert–Edmonton Conservative MP Michael Cooper said he couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate summer than Rock’n August in St. Albert.
Riel RV and Mini Storage hosted a barbecue lunch and a Storage Wars game. They auctioned off three lockers, each with various items. Some items included were an Edmonton Eskimos jersey autographed by quarterback Mike Reilly, a guitar and amp autographed by Theory of a Dead Man, and different gift cards from local businesses. Proceeds from the auction went to the Stop Abuse in Families (SAIF) Society, as well as to diabetes research.
Sherry Raven, an employee at Riel Park RV, said she got a lot of compliments on the entertainment.
“David Jukebox Leigh, he was a one-man show and really interactive. He walked out where the cars were and would go right up to where people were sitting and eating,” she said.
For many people, the Friday Night Cruise is the big draw. It’s the best way to see all of the classic rides. People line the streets from Century Casino to downtown, and car enthusiasts take pride in showing off their hard work.
The Hannigan family takes the entire week of Rock’n August off for vacation. Dennis Hannigan brought three sweet rides to the event this year. His parents came from Ontario to spend time with their grandchildren and to enjoy a week of classic cars.
Rock’n August wraps up on Aug. 11 with a grand Show and Shine and the family dance.