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Kinsmen to showcase 400 classic cars
Ken Bartel shows off his 1948 Dodge Business Coupe during the 2018 Kinsmen Show and Shine Car Show. (Richard Harley/File photo)

Close to 400 classic cars will cruise into Niagara-on-the-Lake for the Kinsmen’s 21st annual Show and Shine Car Show on Sunday.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 11, at Kinsmen Hall, 370 King St., members of the NOTL Kinsmen hope to raise at least $8,000 for community organizations it supports, said Bob Forbes, club president.

“We’re an all-Canadian service club. We get all kinds of requests for funds from different groups in the community, so we pass on the money raised through the car show,” he said.

The 50/50 draw attracts the most people, he said, which usually gives up to a $1,600 payout.

Participants are also entered into a random draw for peaches, which are donated by Thwaites Farms, Lepp Farms and Konik Farms.

“We used to give out bottles of wine, and we found people would rather have the peaches,” he said, which coincides nicely with the 29th Annual Peach Festival held on Queen Street the same weekend.

The cars will all be parked on the grass of the Parks Canada property around the Kinsmen Hall at 370 King St.

There’s a lot of shade, so people won’t have to wander over hot pavement in “desert conditions” for the show, he said.

The family friendly event will have a barbeque, refreshments and a DJ playing all day. Car enthusiasts can check out a variety of muscle cars, classic cars, and a 1976 GMC camper, which Forbes said will be on scene this year. “The guy said it’s beautiful,” he said.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Kinsmen will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in March, and the Canadian Kinsmen as a whole will celebrate 100 years, Forbes said. The club is already beginning the planning for their anniversary celebration, he said.