Park in the Park a success despite challenges

In all, 176 vehicles were registered as well as about a dozen fire apparatuses and 20 late vehicles.

This 1922 Mack Fire Truck was one of many classic vehicles at the Park in the Park car show.

The number of vehicles were a bit less than organizers expected, but considering the highway closures and wildfires surrounding the area—the Park in the Park Car Show turned out very well.

“We were very pleased with the car show,” said co-organizer Melodie Davidoff, who runs the event along with husband Lawrence Morgan. “We were ecstatic when the fire trucks began to arrive. As our understanding (which was confirmed) was that they had cancelled all their events due to the fires.”

In all, 176 vehicles were registered as well as about a dozen fire apparatuses and 20 late vehicles. The car show was held on Sunday at City Park amidst sunshine and smoke in the distance.

“We know from phone calls we received that there would have been many more from the Okanagan, if Highway 33 had reopened.”

In addition to the classic cars and other automobiles, the show featured hula hooper Positive Erica, the RCMP rollover simulator, many vendors and a hot wheels track for the kids.

There was also a ride to Greenwood which culminated in a mini car show there. The riders also stopped at Silver Kettle Village before heading west to show off the cars to the residents there.

“We really would like to thank all the people from Vancouver Island and other areas west of Grand Forks for taking alternate routes to get to the car show,” said Davidoff. “We believe 2016 with no fires will be very large indeed.

List of trophy winners:

Winners Name Homes Sponsored By Vehicle





Rod McGillivray Kelowna BC Rod Dog BBQs 1937  Ford Minotti





Bob & Linda Bifford Williams Lake BC Chris Hanlon 1956 Chevy Belair
Tony & Polly Topolinsky Nelson BC Kettle Valley Waste 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Ken Schram Grand Forks BC Grand Forks Credit Union 1929 Ford Model A
Ed Surette Winthrop WA Redi Electric Ltd 1949 Willys Overland
Ivan & Patsy Kachanoski Fairmont Hot Springs BC A & W Grand Forks 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
Richard Jacobson Kelowna BC Communtiy Futures Boundary 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix
John & Janice Hiram Christina Lake BC Dr. Bruce Gregory Inc 1970 Oldsmobile
Brent Peterson Greenacres WA McEwan & Co. Law Corp 2014 Tesla 85S
Bruce & Patti Galbraith Grand Forks BC Kootenay Car Care 1949 Mercury Pickup
Neil Gillespie Grand Forks BC Granby River Dental 2011 Harley Streetglide
Bob & Lucinda Dupee Christina Lake BC Kettle River Mechanical 1971 Morris 1000 Traveller
John Gillis Grand Forks BC Clyde’s Pub 1926 Ford
Rick & Kris Eiffert Greenacres WA Tomkat Automotive 1936 Dodge Humpback Sedan Delivery
Mike & Dorothy Sweeney Twisp WA Christina Lake Golf Club 1948 Buick Convertible
David & Marilyn Kornell Kelowna BC Brandenburg Construction 1951 Ford
Brian & Sandy Klassen Morris MB Unifab Industries 1968 Pontiac Beaumont Wagon
Tony & Polly Topolinsky Nelson BC ABH Car Sales Ltd 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Allan Bailey Surrey BC Valley Roofing 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona
Joe Peterson Republic WA Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce 1964 Chev C-10
Alastair Burt Christina Lake BC Y & R Water Sales & Service Inc 2007 Saxon Warlord
Bruce & Patti Galbraith Grand Forks BC GFCU MoneyWorks 2000 Teardrop Replica
Lorne Pearson Grand Forks BC Ogloff Financial Services Inc 1949 International Farm L Tractor








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