Lake Country Custom and Classic car show a big hit for young and old

Eighth annual show held in Lake Country featured plenty of great old cars and lots of fun for everyone

Hundreds of cars lined up at Swalwell Park in Lake Country Aug. 20 and 21 for the annual Lake Country Custom and Classic Car Show.

Hundreds of classic cars, dozens of vendors, a beer garden and money raised for local charities highlighted the eighth annual Lake Country Custom and Classic Car Show, held Aug. 20 and 21 in Lake Country’s Swalwell Park.

More than 3,000 people took in the car show, which opened with a car cruise around Lake Country on the Saturday before 250 vehicles lined Swalwell Park on the Sunday.

“It was fantastic,” said Lake Country Chamber of Commerce manager Kim Kristiansen. “It was a great event. It was the eighth annual and although it was my first kick at the can (as chamber manager) it felt like it was a huge success.”

The event began several years ago under the organization of local car enthusiast Ron Volk before the chamber took it over to run last year’s show. But Volk remains involved and even had a prize named in his honour as he was able to select his favourite vehicle from the hundreds that showed up.

Volk, who didn’t know he would have a trophy in his name this year until showing up at the show, selected a 1967 Chevelle owned by Ken Mack as his favourite.

“I’ve seen that car before and I really like it. The workmanship is second to none,” said Volk, whose main goal when handing the organization over to the chamber was to make sure the car show continued. “That was my biggest concern was that they keep the car show going.”

Of this year’s event, Volk said: “Overall, it was a good show. A lot of the merchants are setting up booths and displaying what they are doing and that works out very well.”

The chamber was still tallying donations before Lake Country Calendar deadline, and waiting to finalize costs, but proceeds will go to two local charities. Already the Lake Country Food Bank has received $550, as part of a 50-50 draw and chamber director Garth Donhauser says the fundraising aspect is taking off.

“We’ve grown it and it’s really started to turn into a good fundraiser for charity,” said Donhauser. “As it continues to grow I really think it’s going to be one of the main events each year in Lake Country.”

Close to 30 vendors were set up in Swalwell Park in the midst of the cars. Merchants included food vendors as well as those selling things like jewelry and boutique shop items.

At the Lake Country chamber, Kristiansen says the car show is definitely something that is going to be a mainstay on the calendar each year in the district.

“I think it’s an important event and I think people look forward to it,” she said. “I think it’s important to have an annual event like this that people look forward to. We keep growing and adding things each year. It’s a chance for people to come out and see our community. There is something for everyone. We have the water park there so families can come out and this year the beer garden brought out a bunch of different people.”

Next year Kristiansen says they hope to add to the family area with bouncy castles and continue to improve on the car show.

Just Posted

Sister of cancer victim cycles across Canada to raise awareness

Her journey started on May 14 and will end in early August

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to the Okanagan

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone Award Foundation charity weekend in Kelowna

Woman in hospital after being thrown off horse

She was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital from Okanagan Falls

Update: Washed out South Okanagan road temporarily closed for assessment

A portion of Eastside Road, south of Penticton, appears to be crumbling into Skaha Lake

Okanagan Regional Library hosts famous author

Author of The Woo Woo, Lindsay Wong will be in Kelowna Tuesday

VIDEO: It’s warming up across the Okanagan Valley

Grey skies are expected to fade and the sun looks like it’s here to stay

Update: Plan to see more smoke from South Okanagan wildfire

Richter Creek wildfire, 12 kilometres west of Osoyoos, is an estimated 400 hectares

Okanagan art gallery releases their theme

Fine arts painting will be the point of focus for this year’s event

South Okanagan search and rescue help injured climber

Search and rescue called on the assistance of a helicopter to help retrieve an injured hiker

Marriage proposal on the big screen at Enderby drive-in

Kelowna man gets engaged in front of hundreds to Vernon sweetheart

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Firefighters respond to bus fire on Highway 1

Smoke in coach bus reported to have been caused by overheating, driver and passengers safe

North Okanagan tattoo fundraiser draws record support

Lineup around the block for start and beginning of Five Fathoms Tattoo event for Children’s Hospital

Caravan Farm Theatre holds outlaw themed fundraiser

Caravan Farm Theatre hosts its western outlaw themed fundraiser, Hands Up! June 1

Most Read