The inaugural Midale Classy Car Show surpassed the expectations of the event’s organizers.
The event was held on Aug. 5 at the town’s fairgrounds. Committee chairperson Scott Stabenow said they had 52 vehicles entered, and many people viewed the vehicles that were on display.
People came from throughout southeast and south-central Saskatchewan to showcase their vehicles.
Several awards were handed out. Glen Nimegeer of Mainprize Regional Park won the People’s Choice Award for his 1964 Ford Mustang, and the Classiest Car Award for his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. The farthest traveller award was split between Gary Brenner and Peter Boerma, as they both came from Coronach.
Brenner had a 1964 Olds Starfire, while Boerma brought a 1929 Essex Rat Rod.
People who attended the car show were very happy with the event, Stabenow said, and he expects it will become an annual event.
“We had nothing but positive feedback for everybody,” said Stabenow. “Everybody enjoyed the show, both participants and the spectators.”
The event was held at the same time as the Midale Pioneer Echoes Weekend and annual rodeo activities in the community. While each event is run by a separate committee, Stabenow believes they all benefit from each other, particularly when it comes to attendance.
They don’t know how many people stopped to look at the classic cars, but he expects there were a lot.
There have been classic car shows in Midale in the past, and Stabenow said there had been talk of resurrecting the car show. The committee thought this would be a good addition to the events in Midale during the long weekend.
“We just decided to try it and see where we go with it, and it turned out way better than we thought,” said Stabenow.