I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a fan of things vehicular. But every year in mid-June I am drawn to the streets of downtown Qualicum Beach for the annual Seaside Cruizers Father’s Day Show ‘n Shine – there are just too many great sights to miss out on, and the local club has managed to turn this in to a great family event that has something for every member of the family.
The show is celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year. It has grown and flourished to the point where upwards of 600 vintage vehicles from near and far invade the area for the weekend. The combination of the pretty venue of the village of Qualicum Beach and the hundreds of amazing vehicles has become such a draw, in fact, that it was mentioned on the Oprah Winfrey show as one of the 10 best things to do on Father’s Day.
While things get going for showparticipants on the Friday preceding Father’s Day, events for the general public gear up on Saturday night with a street dance in downtown Qualicum Beach. The entire downtown area is wired for sound, and music from the 1950s and 60s drifts through the streets during the day of the show ‘n shine, adding even more of a vintage flavour to the day.
Although I have no particular interest in cars other than having them get me where I want to go, I am always amazed at the huge variety of vehicles on display at this event, and at the countless hours of devotion so obviously poured in to them. Every square inch of the exhibits, inside and out, gleams. A few hours spent wandering the streets of the village gets spectators a complete lesson on the history of motorized transport, in a most enchanting way.
Over the years the event has evolved to be an all-inclusive family event. There is face-painting for the kids and the downtown business association organizes a ladies Shop and Walk event, complete with prizes. Those attending can take in the Shriners Pancake Breakfast, located right in the heart of the shopping area, and lunch is available throughout the day from the many restaurants and food vendors.
Thousands of visitors show up for this event, so if you plan to go be prepared to park your vehicle and walk a block or two to get to the heart of the action. Comfortable footwear is highly recommended.
The 2016event gets under way for the general public on Saturday, June 18with a street dance featuring live music from 6 – 10 p.m. Sunday, June 19(Father’s Day) features the car show, pancake breakfast from 7:30 – 11 a.m., the ladies walk and shop from 8 am. – 1 p.m., entertainment for the children.
Further information on the Seaside Cruizers and the show ‘n shine can be found at the organization’s website:
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