Wahlstrom Ford in Chadron marked its 60th anniversary this week and the company is celebrating today with a party.
Owner Rob Wahlstrom says everyone in the area is invited to come by the dealership on the east side of Chadron for food, fun, and story-swapping,
Wahlstrom says yesterday was the actual anniversary of when his late father Lee officially took over the Chadron Ford franchise from long-time owner, Vern Chicoine.
The dealership remained on West 2nd Street for another 18 years before Lee Wahlstrom built and opened the current complex in late 1979.
Rob Wahlstrom says the auto industry and the vehicles it produces have changed a lot since 1961 with cars and trucks a lot safer now than they were then.
Wahlstrom says vehicles are also a lot more fuel efficient today, a trend that will continue with a greater emphasis on hybrid and fully electric vehicles.
Today’s celebration, though, is focused more on the past than the future with one exhibit turning the clock back 60 years.
Again, Wahlstrom Ford’s 60th anniversary celebration is today from 4:00-8:00.