Superior’s Fourth of July Parade returns to Belknap Street after a seven-year hiatus for road construction projects. The last time the parade was held on Belknap was in 2011, according to Telegram archives. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. from Mortorelli Drive, turn onto Ogden Avenue and end at Broadway Street.
The Dennis Van Alstine Memorial Car Show will once again be held along Tower Avenue. The fireworks display will be shot off a barge near Barker’s Island as it was last year.
Dave Stannard, one of the founders of the Citizens Fourth of July Committee, said the new parade route brings with it some challenges. Entries will only be able to use the northern half of the street due to the concrete islands along Belknap, and no suitable space was found to set up bounce houses this year.
There are currently 57 units signed up for the parade, which is scheduled to begin with a flyover. About 100 units participated in the 2018 parade, and Stannard expects to reach that number again. The committee will be taking applications up to the last day. There is no cost to enter.
“Everybody’s welcome,” Stannard said. “No one’s turned away.”
The parade will honor Ed Stein, who helped found the Citizens Fourth of July Committee 21 years ago. His three daughters will be the Grand Marshals.
Visit superiorfourthjuly.com or call 715-394-9673 or 218-206-4239 to enter the parade.
Show me the cars
The move back to Superior’s downtown opens up more space to display classic vehicles at the Dennis VanAlstine Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show.
Car show president Michele Haltli said they have room for more than 250 vehicles. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome; there is no cost to enter. Visitors can once again help choose the winners with their votes.
VanAlstine was a good friend of Haltli, and he ran the car show for 19 years. When he died three years ago, she vowed to keep it going. It’s now in its 22nd year.
The show will include live music by Aftershock, street vendors and the inaugural Lady Liberty Pinup Contest from 2-3 p.m.
Haltli saw a similar vintage-inspired pinup contest held by the Border Town Betties at the Motorhead Madness show in Duluth this spring.
“I thought it was really cool when I watched it and I feel like it’s a good match,” she said. “You know, pretty girls in polka-dot dresses match very well with beautiful, classic cars.”
It’s not your traditional beauty pageant. Expect a classy throwback with styles straight out of the 1940s and 50s and a focus on inclusion.
“It’s not only just for the nostalgia factor. I think pinup is great to support because it’s so inclusive of all ages, all races,” said Becky Scherf of the Border Town Betties. “Body positivity is huge in the pinup community."
She encouraged people to come cheer for the participants.
“A lot of the women that are going to be involved, it may be their first time and they can use all the cheering and all the support because it takes a lot of bravery to get up there in front of a big group of people for the first time,” Scherf said.
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Registration for the car show takes place the day of the event on the VIP side of the intersection of Tower Avenue and North 12th Street.