The snow has mostly melted all over Canada and the sound of motorcycles is in the air.
In Drumheller, Linda Buchamer, the owner of Top Rocker, is spending this month gearing up for the summer season and encouraging residents to vote in the Canada's Most Rider-friendly Community Contest.
Last year, Drumheller made it to the second round before being beaten by Port Alberni, B.C. That cannot happen again, insisted Buchamer.
"We fell to Port Alberni last year at this stage so I'd like to see us not run into that this year. I'd like to get through stage two. And, I think that if we can get into the next stage then it's just us against the east and we've got a really good shot then."
Second round voting began on April 26. So far, said Buchamer, Drumheller is easily beating its closest opponent: Lloydminster.
"If we were at eight votes, they were at four. If we were at 10, they were at five. When we got 30, they had 15," she explained. "So, they seem to be running at half. Right now, we have a pretty comfortable lead, but it's not a lot. We're getting 100 votes a day, [but] this is where we fell last year."
Despite the early lead, Buchamer would like to see at least two hundred votes per day. Last year, Port Alberni residents were voting at a rate of 600 per day. If Lloydminster shows similar voting patterns this year, it could soon be all over for Drumheller.
"I've got an alarm set on my phone because you can only vote once every 24 hours -- and they do have a clock! And so, my alarm on my phone lets me know it's time to vote and I just go and I do it right on my phone. Log in, make my vote, done my part for the day. It's pretty easy."
In addition to bragging rights of being the crowned Canada's top destination for motorcycles, the winning community is awarded a $35,000 marketing package. Given the late end to the winter season, Buchamer pointed out that Drumheller could really use the money and the free advertising.
Round two voting runs through May 12, 2018 at riderfriendlycontest.ca.