My column in the Chestermere Anchor. Our provincial and Federal Governments have failed us.
It was a bit cool in the morning but Mother Nature blessed the Chestermere Show N Shine with a great afternoon. Over 200 cars were on display and a bunch of money was raised for some great causes: Easter Seals Camp Horizon, the Chestermere Food Bank, and the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre. For those of you not familiar with AARC it is a privately funded organization that helps youth with addiction issues. Dr. Dean Vause, the founder of AARC, calls addiction “The Equal Opportunity Destroyer” and he’s right. It can happen to anyone. Easter Seals Camp Horizon provides an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors to people with disabilities, and anyone who lives in Chestermere knows the good work that the Food Bank does for our neighbours experiencing a rough patch in their lives.
Thanks to John Kittler from Dockside Bar and Grill, the title sponsor and the “voice” of the Show N Shine (and no, we didn’t get sick of your voice), the Lakeside Kruzers Car Club, the rest of the great sponsors, and all the exhibitors who paid to put their vehicles on display. As John said, without them “We would be looking at an empty field”. Thanks to all the volunteers who made things run smoothly.
Special thanks to everyone who showed up, bought 50:50 tickets from the “PinUp Girls”, and donated in other ways to these great charities. See you next year.
Come on out Saturday August 25 for the Chestermere Show “N Shine at the Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre. This is rapidly becoming a tradition in Chestermere and is well worth a visit. There will be dozens of great vehicles to see in all categories from antiques to motorcycles to muscle cars. This year all proceeds will be supporting the Chestermere Food Bank, Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre, Camp Horizon, and Easter Seals. Rain or shine you will have a great time!
A great community has great volunteers. Dozens and dozens of them proved that today as the Strathmore Stampede Parade went off smoothly. Mother Nature showed her appreciation for all their hard work as she kept the parade dry. She rained on the rodeo but those guys sort of expect it! Thank you Strathmore for your hospitality.