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Annual Show and Shine always draws a crowd

STORY BY TAYLOR WEAVER

One of the largest classic car shows in western Canada proved it could survive a flood in 2013 and is revving up for another successful show in 2014.

The 12th Annual River City Classic Car Club’s Show and Shine rumbles back into downtown High River on Sunday, Sept. 28, when cars will be on display from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to spend an afternoon in beautiful downtown High River, whether you’re an automotive enthusiast or simply out for the day with the family.

Last year’s event featured a broad range of cars and trucks and a handful of motorcycles. Spectators can expect to feast their eyes on anything from vintage Model Ts to classic muscle cars and custom vehicles their owners have put countless hours into creating.

Among the letters written to High River’s local newspaper about the success of the 2012 show were these comments from one attendee: “Hats off to the River City Classics for a terrific Show and Shine last Sunday. I’m sure the classic car entries surpassed all expectations, the viewers’ participation was astounding, simply just wall-to-wall people everywhere, and the weather could not have been better. A beautiful day throughout!”

Longtime organizer Yvonne Montford noted that last year’s flood didn’t put a damper on the event and the turnout was stronger than ever.

“We’re not going anywhere,” she said proudly in an interview before the 2013 event. “Next year, our car show will be bigger and better.”

In addition, the people who have supported the car show in the past are doing their best to return to High River to support the people, the car enthusiasts and the local economy as well.

Ted Dawson, treasurer of the River City Classics Car Club, said the town needs something positive to demonstrate that people are living their lives in High River post-flood.

“The Town has been absolutely phenomenal in terms of their support and encouragement,” he said. “It wouldn’t happen without their blessing. They’re very good as one of our sponsors.”

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