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Jul. 15, 2020 | Wednesday
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Car show takes over Virgil park
Vintage cars were out at Virgil Sports Park for the Kinsmen and Virgil volunteer firefighters car show. (Eunice Tang/Niagara Now)

A severe thunderstorm warning didn’t stop NOTL Kinsmen and Virgil volunteer firefighters from hosting a car show at the Virgil Sports Park on Saturday. 

The park was filled with live music, activities, drinks and vintage cars.

Due to the chance of rain, the turnout was significantly less than previous years, said organizers, but that didn’t subdue the spirits of those who attended.

Two local enthusiasts Michelle Broughton and Don Driedger came to enjoy some beverages by the picnic tables while they listened to the band. Driedger, who said he has a car to show off, kept it at home because of the weather.

“You gotta understand car guys. They don’t want to get their cars wet,” he said.

“Last year there was a lot more (people). The whole field was full of cars. The cars bring the people.”

The NOTL Kinsmen and Virgil firefighters decided to merge their car shows this year, since both hold events in the summertime.

“The idea of this show is once it gets into the evening, we do it under the lights so we turn all the ball diamond lights on and it’s pretty neat and all the LED lights shine down on the cars,” says Jason Disher, a Virgil firefighter.

All of the proceeds from the event go back into the community for things like improving playgrounds and helping sports teams.

“Everything that we raise between the Kinsmen and us, all goes back into the community,” Disher said.

Denis Harder, a retired firefighter, brought in his car, a 1933 Ford, which he bought locally and has owned for a year.

Ron Rumsey is one of the Ontario reps for Syracuse Nationals where about 9,000 classic cars come to the show in New York every year. He has been going to the Nationals since day one.

Rumsey presented a plaque to Harder because his vehicle was “one of the nicest cars here.” The award is from the Right Coast Association and includes a free pass to the Syracuse Nationals. 

“It’s quite an award, it’s a reps’ choice.”

Rumsey loves the atmosphere at car shows.

“You see friends you haven’t seen all year. It’s time to get out in spring and show your nice, bright, shiny cars up,” Rumsey said.

Other car shows are right around the corner, including one at the Kinsmen Scout Hall on the second Saturday of August and another on the last Sunday of August at the Virgil Fire Hall.