The East St. Paul Lions Club is making it easier to bop along to cruising classics at its 14th annual Show and Shine.
This year’s event is set to go on Sun., July 28 with over 300 classic cars expected to make the trip to the East St. Paul Recreation Complex at 264 Hoddinott Rd.
Show and shine director Richard Chornick, who also serves as treasurer and past president, said the club is setting up extra speakers this year in order to help spread the classic tunes around the grounds.
"(The DJ) will be playing cruising music the entire time," Chornick said.
"We’re going to have two speakers going north and west. We’re going to have two speakers in the arena, and we’re going to have two speakers on the south and west corner," president Grant Copp added.
In the years the Lions have run the event, they’ve been able to boost the major sponsor base to six while hiking the average number of cars in attendance by over 100. And when more cars come, the people follow.
"The more cars, the more spectators we get, and we increase our bottom line accordingly," said Copp.
That cash will be used to fund various causes both locally and abroad. Recent donations include $12,000 to the Manitoba Children’s Museum, $3,000 to victims of Superstorm Sandy, and $4,000 to the Canadian Deaf and Blind Association. As well, the organization has aided locals with costs for medical expenses and wheelchairs.
There will be six awards presented at the end of the day: street rod, modified, truck, late model, vintage, and most unique.
The duo, both residents of East St. Paul, recalled there was a short bus at last year’s event which was outfitted with a Coke machine and a buffet table. Chornick has been scouting other show and shines held this year and has a wish list of people he’d like to see come down, but the vast majority of registration is done the day of the event.
"Are there some neat cars that I’d like to see here that I saw at those other ones? You bet there is," Chornick said.
In addition to the wonderful cars on display, there will be a beer garden, barbecue, and activities for children.
Registration costs $10, includes lunch, and begins at 7 a.m. the day of the event. The show and shine itself runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, contact Chornick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-795-8604.
For more on the club, visit http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/eaststpaul/.
The club donates over $25,000 to causes annually, and has donated over $250,000 since receiving its charter in 1996.