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Ownership has its privileges: A VIP eggs benny breakfast on the deck of the EV Sales and Experience Centre went to buyers of FIRST and Evolution, while those in the mood to ramble tucked into EV cinnamon twists, the perfect thing for munching while strolling RiverWalk under bright western skies.
Daisy, Beakerhead's four-metre tall steam-punk solar tricycle, took advantage of the brilliant sunshine to offer rides – and a crow's eye view of the festivities – to the curious. Many were eager to climb aboard, but one senior shook his head. “I already have my own bicycle,” he chuckled. “I live at Murdoch Manor so I ride my bike here all the time.” He was thrilled with the improvements to the neighbourhood, especially RiverWalk, and looked forward to the new bridge to St. Patrick's Island. “It's going to cut off a lot of time to go to the C-train station,” he said approvingly.
This being a 100th birthday party, there was a heartfelt celebration of the historic along with the appreciation of the new. Vintage in the Village, EV’s first antiques market, brought out the most picturesque vendors in the city. The robin’s egg blue classic camper trailer with the jaunty striped awning, where Veronica Murphy displayed retro wares from Stash Needle Art Lounge, attracted plenty of admirers. She was more than happy to invite them to peek inside her too-cute-to-be-real caravan, just to prove that it was a functioning camper. “We're going camping in it tomorrow!” she insisted.
The cozy feeling of home was repeated dozen-fold inside the historic Simmons Building, where vendors like Thrifty Cowgirl, Bug & Bird, Honey B’s, Mod Magpie, Cat’s Eye Vintage and many more decked out their booths with all the comforts of home, and then some. Period lamps cast cozy pools of light on traditional chesterfields. Gently aged rugs invited shoppers to step back in time and peruse racks of vintage clothing.
Before we got too cozy, the sweet sounds of Lark Hill, Old Black Angus, and Joe Nolan from the Simmons Stage and the drama of the wild west show (complete with shootout!) drew us back out into the sunshine. It was a great start to Stampede’s 100th birthday, and to the beginning of the second century of the Simmons.