Weekend cruises along

With 735 classic cars for the Peach City Beach Cruise this past weekend, it was easy to get revved up for some awesome car action.  By Friday morning the City was humming and traffic was busy. Having too many cars every once in a while is a nice problem to have and a change from the everyday. Perhaps it took a few minutes longer to navigate the downtown core, but it was well worth it.

The Peach City Beach Cruise celebrated its 15th anniversary this year with a record amount of entries. This festival is a home-grown event, and hopefully can bring inspiration to other locals to create an event in the shoulder season.

Friday night we kicked things off with the parade from Skaha Lake to Okanagan Lake. I had the Boyd Automotive Mustang as my car. After the parade I had a quick commute to Okanagan Lake Park to open the Elvis Festival – another local event celebrating 14 years.  Both the Elvis Festival and each Peach City Beach Cruise appeal to a similar demographic and complement each other; however, it sometimes is problematic having so many people in one weekend versus spread out over two. Boyd Automotive is one of the premiere sponsors of the Beach Cruise and traditionally holds a Father’s Days car show in Kelowna, so moving the car show earlier is difficult.

Saturday I walked Lakeshore drive two and half times narrowing down my pick for Mayor’s favourite. I was told by many that any car would have been a winner, which didn’t help in narrowing the field. There were so many different classes of cars, makes and vintages. I began to hone in on the colour – they say Orange is the New Black. There were many stunning vehicles, but in the end I chose a 1956 Chev Bel Air (orange and cream). The owners were from eastern Washington and this was their 6th appearance at our Beach Cruise.

I attended an afternoon celebration of life, Tony Lloyd, before ending the day at the Penticton Art Gallery for their annual Art Auction under the stars. There was some stunning art up for grabs and the crowd was a healthy mix of young and old. The evening ended with a fashion show in the Japanese Garden with the sunset as the back drop.

Sunday was also an early start to help t firefighters with their pancake breakfast, and with the gracious community support of Scotiabank, who matched all funds, $6,805 dollars was raised for local kids and the hospital. After handing out the Mayor’s Choice trophy, my official duties were done.

It was a busy weekend, but I got to meet a lot of people from out of town and speak to locals about all kinds of issues, ideas and general conversation.  None of the hustle and bustle, excitement and memorable experiences wouldn’t have happened without a committed board of directors and dedicated volunteers. Thank you for making Penticton proud.