It’s a great time of year to be a car enthusiast in the Valley as the 28th annual Columbia Valley Classics Show & Shine returns to the Village of Radium Hot Springs this weekend. The annual event is a weekend jammed pack with live music, car show activities, and 50/60s themed dance.
The Saturday car show held at The Springs Golf Course Driving Range sees upwards of 1,000 classics and hot rods on display.
“There’s no year cut-off; any make of car or truck is welcome. Everyone’s proud of what they have whether it’s a classic or new hot rod,” said Columbia Valley Classics president Vicki Roberts.
While the Show & Shine Car Show begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 16th, festivities begin as early as today (Thursday, September 14th) with a 50s and 60s themed Karaoke night at the Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery. On Friday night, the Village of Radium’s Fire Department will be putting on a barbecue and the Blues Brothers Too will be performing around the community.
“They will be stopping at the Chamber Office at 6:30 p.m. to do a little bit of entertainment for anyone around the Chamber area for the market that they’re doing,” said Ms. Roberts.
Due to the Village’s construction of a new community hall, participant registration for the car show will be taking place at the Best Western Plus Prestige Inn Radium Hot Springs on Friday evening.
“We usually register close to 400 cars or more that evening and then usually again another 400 plus the Saturday morning as they enter the car show grounds,” said Ms. Roberts.
Participants pay an entrance fee of $25 that helps pay for the cost of putting on the show. According to Ms. Roberts, any leftover funds will be donated back into the community.
The show itself attracts car owners from all over North America, bringing in many special and unique vehicles for the public to view.
“They come from all over. We’ve had people come down from Alaska, there’s the odd one from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta. They come from all over. Lots of people, that’s what they do all summer long is just go from one car show to another and we’re just happy to have them all and happy to make sure we can give everyone a good fun weekend,” said Ms. Roberts.
As one of the largest events hosted in Radium, The Springs Golf Course will be running a shuttle around the community to pick up people coming to the show so they don’t have to walk as far. As well they will have golf carts at the gate to shuttle seniors down to the car show throughout the day.
“They’re going to be running a shuttle bus around Radium for anyone that has to park, say up by the Horsethief Pub or anywhere. There will be three or four stops that they will make at the bus stop signs, by the insurance office picking people up and taking them down to the course so they don’t have so far to walk. That will be a complimentary service,” said Ms. Roberts.
Following the Car Show at 4 p.m. there will be an unsanctioned cruise to Invermere where cars will be on full display throughout the community. After the show, a 50s/60s themed dance will be put on at the Invermere Curling Club with many prizes to be won for best costume and spotlight dance.
Earlier in the summer, it was unclear if the annual event would be held in the Village of Radium Hot Springs so the village is happy to see the event continue in its traditional location, according to Mayor Clara Reinhardt.
“We are happy that a resolution was found and that normalcy prevails. Looking forward to many future Show and Shines in Radium Hot Springs,” said Ms. Reinhardt.