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Delta throwback: Gunfight at the OK 'Corral' Tire

The event was hosted by the Ladner Businessmen’s Association.
The next stop for MP John Reynolds was Boot Hill as he was too slow on the draw against Mayor Tom Goode during a mock high noon shootout. Holding his hat was ‘sheriff’ Fred Copak, owner of the tire store (left), while a smiling Alderman Lorne Hope kept guard with a shotgun. Delta Optimist file

Let’s head back to the summer of 1974.

That’s when Ladner Village was the site of a Pioneer Days festival from Aug. 15 to 18, hosted by the Ladner Businessmen's Association.

Featuring a barbeque and corn roast at the Ladner Shopping Centre, music and games, many, including members of council, dressed in old-fashioned clothing from yesteryear.

The Lions Club also provided food, a feast tied in with an “old tyme” costume street dance between the post office and Perry’s Department Store.

Among the stunts to promote the event prior was a mock “Gunfight at the OK Corral” outside the OK Tire Store, which included Mayor Tom Goode and MP John Reynolds. The winner had to donate $50 for the upcoming event.

Of course, several local businesses tied in their advertisements to the event, offering “old fashioned savings.”