The Niagara-on-the-Lake Kinsmen are holding their 22nd annual Classic Car Show and Shine this Sunday, Aug. 14, and are expecting a great turnout.
“This will be the same show we’ve had other years,” says Kinsman Ken Slingerland, and judging by other events that have attracted great attendance after two years of cancellations, “we’re hopeful this will be a big crowd,” although, as always, it will be weather-dependent.
“A lot of people are looking for things to do it town. And we’re just thrilled to be able to run this again.”
The fee for classic cars is $10, and $3 for spectators, kids under 12 free, “still a good deal in this day and age,” he says.
The event is the club’s major fundraiser, the money raised going to the many community projects the club supports, including cystic fibrosis research, which Kinsmen are committed to.
They typically have 300 to 400 classic cars, which start arriving at about 7:30 a.m., although the show doesn’t start until 9 a.m., finishing at 4 p.m., although some of the cars will begin to leave earlier.
“There are a lot of locals who come to the show, a lot of cars in garages they’re waiting to bring out. I would say about 75 per cent are local.”
The first 300 cars to arrive will receive a dashboard plaque and there will be six prizes awarded of $50 each.
The Kinsmen will be offering their usual barbecue, including the popular back bacon on a bun, and an enclosed shaded area where beer and wine is being sold.
The event is at the Kinsmen Scout Hall, on King Street at Mary Street.