Celebrate Canada Day in Memorial Park

There will be a classic car show, Hope Mountain Market vendors, live music, and kids crafts

The Canada Day Classic Car Show runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Memorial park on July 1.

The Canada Day Classic Car Show runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Memorial park on July 1.

The Canada Day Classic Car Show will be taking over Memorial Park in Hope on Monday.

The eighth annual event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the grass field behind district hall on July 1.

“Vehicles are kind of like art, it’s in the eye of the beholder,” said organizer Scott Medlock. “I’m sure everybody will see something they like.”

Open to all types of vehicles, the show features everything from classic muscle cars to newer modified models. The show typically attracts between 150 and 200 entries.

“Everybody that shows up is proud about their vehicle,” said Medlock. “They put a lot of money and time into these cars. They also drive sometimes for hours and stay in hotels just to show their car off. It’s pretty amazing that people do that.”

The event continues to attract cars and trucks from the Fraser Valley and around province, including Kelowna, Kamloops and Salmon Arm. Medlock said several people have inquired about coming ahead of time to stay in Hope since the car show is on Monday.

“It’s not just a stop and go,” he said. “They’re actually spending time here, which is good for the community.”

The car show is sponsored by Hope Motorsports Group in partnership with Lordco and Kal Tire. Registration is by donation, with proceeds going to Hope Motorsports Group. The first 100 vehicles will receive a collector dash plaque.

Canada Day festivities kick off at 11 a.m. in Memorial Park with the national anthem and opening remarks from Mayor Susan Johnston, Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness and Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl. There will also be Canada Day cake, Hope Mountain Market vendors, live music with Shades of Grey, and kids crafts organized by 1st Hope Scouting Group.