Car show prepares for its ninth year - Jul. 25, 2014
Judy Lowery, executive assistant with the St. Stephen Area Chamber of Commerce, expects this year’s Show and Shine Antique and Classic Car Show to be the biggest to date.
The chamber began hosting the annual car show in 2006, in conjunction with NB Antique Auto Inc., Passamaquoddy Region. The number of cars involved in the show has fluctuated in recent years, with 2012’s event welcoming 177 cars and 2013’s featuring just 98. But thanks to a stronger advertising push and efforts to make the car show appeal to everyone, Lowery is confident in a larger car contingent this year.
“We’re hoping to have over 200 this year,” she said.
The show and shine will be held in the Kent parking lot from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday, and will go ahead regardless of the weather, though, the forecast was calling for sun and a high of 26 degrees.
Some 2,500 flyers were printed well in advance of the car show and sent to Moncton to be placed in welcome bags for attendees of the Atlantic Nationals car show held in that city earlier this month, leading Lowery to believe more cars – and spectators – will be present come Sunday.
The St. Stephen show used to be featured on the waterfront, but was moved to the Kent parking lot when construction began on the Garcelon Civic Center; Lowery said moving the car show back to the waterfront in the future is an option, but there’s no rush to move from the comfortable confines offered by Kent.
“If there was room for us in the future,” Lowery answered about a potential waterfront return. “But all the car show guys seem to enjoy the Kent parking lot.”
In terms of the cars on display, “We have a lot of local and a lot from out of town; a lot from Saint John, a couple from Florida and Ontario,” Lowery said.
The Saint John Corvette club has been longstanding partners of the show and they will once again be present this year.
And if classic cars don’t particularly pique your interest, there’s plenty of enticing reasons to attend the car show as it truly has become a family event.
The St. Stephen Community Market will also have vendors present, while the band Dover Hill will be providing live music for the entire four-hour event.
“The band is sponsored by the chamber, the car club, St. Stephen Development Board and the CBDC,” said Lowery, noting that each organization put forth $100 to provide live music.
There’s also face painting for the children, as well as a 50/50, a barbecue hosted by the St. Stephen Horseshoe Pitchers Club and a variety of door prizes.
It’s free to attend the car show, but in order to be eligible for a door prize, a donation must be made at the event.
“A lot of the local businesses contribute either door prizes or something for the welcome bag,” Lowery added.
Those attending the car show are encouraged to park in the Charlotte County Mall parking lot; the first row of spots in the Atlantic Superstore lot facing the road will be used for overflow should the car show reach or exceed its 200-car expectation.