The cars are back and flooding the shoreline.
The 14th annual Cactus Jalopies car show runs through Sunday, setting up at various locations throughout Osoyoos and the South Okanagan — including this morning at Gyro Park, where the vehicles are expected to line the shoreline from the Osoyoos Lake Sailing Club property to well beyond the Watermark Beach Resort.
This morning’s Show ‘n’ Shine runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vehicles will start lining up to be parked at 8:30. Vendors are also on site to offer T-shirts, food and other items and services and — if the cars aren’t enough entertainment for you — performers will take to the bandshell.
More than 500 vehicles are expected for the Osoyoos community’s signature car event, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 viewers.
“It’s grown from 125 cars the first year to 500 this year,” said Francine Launier, involved in the show from its inception 14 years ago.
“The first year they didn’t involve me too much — I was babysitting the kids,” she said. “The second year, I said I have to help and I’ve been helping since.”
She expects the show will extend beyond its coastline presentation to include some vehicles being parked on Spartan Drive north of the Owl Pub.
“If there’s more than 500, we’ll have to go on to the street,” she said.
Vehicles, she added, are coming from all over British Columbia with a few more driving up from south of the border as well.
The show will also include motorcycles — a large contingent of classic bikes parked at the Gyro Park Plaza — and two performances of the Extreme Motorcycle Stunt Show at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on 78 Ave. in front of the post office.
Awards for best in show will be handed out mid-afternoon.
Some of the show vehicles are also expected to strut their stuff Sunday as the Wine Country Drag Racing Association sets up at the Richter Pass Motorplex.
The event has become very popular among classic car enthusiasts — and a big draw for the Osoyoos community as well.
“The Town tells us were second, right behind the (Cherry Festival),” said Ms. Launier. “Destination Osoyoos is working very hard with us now.”
Cactus Jalopies added a Thursday evening event at Cottonwood Beach, working with the Sage Pub, and had 125 registered vehicles in Town.
Car enthusiasts, she said, like the four days of activities the Cactus Jalopies event provides.
“We’re trying to create an event,” she said. “People say they’re not just here sitting by their cars watching people look at their cars. They are doing stuff.”