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Annual show n’ shine takes over High River

RA-ShowandShine23STORY BY PAUL KRAJEWSKI

On Sept. 25, the streets of High River’s downtown will be lined with hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles of all makes and models for the 14th annual Show n’ Shine, hosted by the River City Classics Car Club.

Garret Broer, club vice president, said the annual show attracts over 10,000 spectators and upwards of over 1,000 vehicles.

“The club is designed for anybody who is a car fanatic. If you’re proud of your car, we are proud to have you at the car show,” he explained. “We are going to have everything from early 1900s cars all the way up to 2016 vehicles right off the lot, so we’ll have everything…all makes and models, imports, domestics and motorcycles.”

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “we take over the whole downtown as well as George Lane Park,” Broer said. “By 6 a.m., we usually have already 40 cars parked downtown, and then it’s a lineup from that time on.”

He added registration is only $10 per car plus a food bank donation. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Last year, Broer said a section of Fourth Avenue SW was set up to feature motorcycles and this year he expects that area to be even bigger based on the positive feedback received from visitors.

Broer said the show n’ shine is not only for car enthusiasts. “It has something for everybody,” he added. “It’s a fun-filled event for the entire town and all the visitors to attend.”

The event also features live music, prizes, a 50/50 draw and various vendors. He said merchants will be selling everything from tin signs and t-shirts to antiques and scented candles along with the usual festival favourites, such as kettle corn, cotton candy, mini
donuts and wood fired pizzas.

Broer said the show n’ shine is also a chance for the town to show off all the great work being done to revitalize the downtown. “We are obviously very proud of how it has come along,”
he added.

“(The show n’ shine) brings people back to the town and makes them want to come back to visit our shops and our town again,” he said.

Broer noted that every year there is something new and exciting going on at the event.

“Last year, we brought out the RCMP racing team who focused on youth and the safety aspect of
specialized vehicles,” he added.

In addition to the show n’ shine on Sunday, Broer said this year the festivities will begin on Saturday with a burnout competition and car auction.

For more information on the River City Classics Car Club or the annual Show n’ Shine, visit www.rivercity
classics.com.

 

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