MyStarCollectorCar attends many car shows during the season and the central theme at every one of them is community spirit.
There are few fundraising events that have the same visual impact of a car show so they draw people like four-wheeled magnets.
Most community run shows dedicate most—if not all of their registration fees to a worthy local charity or community service and in return the local community gets exposure.
‘MSCC proudly introduces a new feature (Car Show Spotlight 2016) this month to showcase a few of the many car shows because these events are so vital to local community fundraising plus they raise awareness of the built-in appeal of the car hobby to new generations.’
The first MSCC Car Show Spotlight is the DW Poppy Secondary Car Show in Langley BC. They were enthusiastic about their show so their representative (Marlene Yakabuski) was happy to answer a few questions.
What is the history of the show?
“The car show was started by D W Poppy Principal Dale Halcrow (a car nut) and auto mechanic teacher Henry Proske as a fundraiser and a way to promote the program. Bob Farquhar, a parent and Langley Loafer car club member, was also an early contributor to the show. Langley has always been a collector car community and during those years the show became well known within the car community as the first show of the season. Car owners come out year after year to support the school. It is traditionally held the first Sunday in May – rain or shine! (even on the rainiest day we had over 100 cars).”
The show is early in the season so how does that affect your turnout?
“Our tradition of putting on one of the first car shows of the season brings many benefits for the school. We hope to see over 700 cars on display in our school back field, and welcome thousands of spectators.
This is a family friendly all ages event. We are hoping to increase our spectator traffic this year to enjoy our show that includes up to 700 collector cars, vendors, concession, 50/50 draws, car show t-shirt sales and more.
What are your goals for the show?
“The event is our school’s biggest fundraiser and benefits our entire school including the shop and Computer Ed departments, athletic teams, dry grad and many others. The shop and tech ed departments are able to purchase tools and technology that are used for the student’s projects and around the school – this year the wish list includes a vinyl cutter, a large format printer, an auto shop oil collection system and monitors for the hallways in the school.
The shop and tech ed departments are able to purchase tools and technology that are used for the student’s projects and around the school – this year the wish list includes a vinyl cutter, a large format printer, an auto shop oil collection system and monitors for the hallways in the school.”
Who runs the show?
“The show continues on now with a committee of parents, teachers, school administrators and community volunteers. We have continued to network and develop community connections who support our show each year.”
How are the students involved?
“We continue to look for ways to improve the show and teach our students the importance of being part of a community. This year we are hoping to grow and develop our vendor area as well as grow the number of spectators to the show.”
Are there other members of the community involved in the DW Poppy show?
It is also an opportunity for the school to connect and network with the local community – this year we are again looking forward to welcoming the Fort Langley Lions Club who will be offering a pancake breakfast in the morning to our exhibitors and spectators.
What are the show details?
“Preregistration for cars is $10 and is now open and available in person at the school office from 7:45-3:15 Monday- Friday or online thru http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2503661.
We hope that you are able to come out and join us Sunday May 1st from 10 am to 3 pm.
For sponsorship or vending opportunities please contact Marlene Yakabuski at 604-612-7645 or Chris Janzen at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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