Bridge Street was lined up, for most of its length, with cars and trucks from days gone by. Modified trucks and antique cars sat side by side along the road waiting for everyone who was interested to take a look. A&W had banded with the new Cooper’s Foods Store under A&W proprietor Otto Coers and Cooper’s Foods employee Ellen “Mac” MacDonald to pull off their eleventh annual Show n’ Shine Car Show. Local car enthusiast John Draper was also on the scene in a big way helping the pair to organize a car show which started eleven years earlier with only a few cars. The show has grown into a well known event.
Both Mac and Otto have been with the car show since its inception and are proud of how it has grown. “Otto has been just great to work with on this,” said Mac. “He is one of the big reasons this car show has become so popular. He puts a lot of time and energy into making sure the day goes off without a hitch. This year we had 140 entries.”
Some car show attendees come for the drive and comraderie of the event while others come to talk engines and bodywork. It is this eclectic combination of car builders and car lovers that makes the show work. Everybody has a story about their vehicle – where they found it, the resurrection of a car near death, a truck saved from the scrap yard, a motorbike that they just had to have, a specialty painter who is an artist, where to get replacement parts and so much more. Some vehicle owners scour the event for other Ford lovers. Others scour the event looking for elusive parts. Local Princetonites have the privilege of just showing up to see all there is to see and at the same time helping out a good cause.
The A&W Show and Shine has been helping the community every year since the beginning. They donate to Princeton General Hospital annually and Children’s Hospital has also been a beneficiary of the groups efforts. The organizers are proud of the thousands of dollars they have handed over to these two worthy groups. This year the proceeds from the bbq went to MS (the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada) and the donations on the street are earmarked for Princeton General Hospital. “We want to thank all the businesses who helped us out,” said Mac. “Weyerhaeuser, the Legion, Auto Tac, Irly Bird, Fred and Debbie Gelineau, John and Eva Draper, Lordco, Fred Bergsma, Century 21, Bugnut, Kal Tire, Fortis, Envirogreen, Chevron, Husky, Valley First Credit Union, the Similkameen Spotlight, Mac’s Auto Parts, The Source, The Dollar Store, Toni Millar, Cooper’s Foods, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Round the Corner Cafe, the Princeton Plaza, Ken and Laura Rogoski, Lorne and Darlene Cochet, Country Kitchen, Pete and Lynda Hemstreet, Sears and the Winking Pedlar. Drew Lindquist did a great job with the music and all the volunteers were great. Mike Simpson and his crew parked the cars and the Mayor opened the show. It all added up to a great day.”