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Roll up for Cranbrook car show

The Brothers Insurance Agency Charity Car Show, formerly Mopars in the Mountains, will be held this weekend in Cranbrook
Car show this Saturday at Western Financial Place.

In keeping with tradition, just with a different event name, Mopars in the Mountains is now Brothers Insurance Agency Charity Car Show.

This will be a fun community event and will serve as a fundraiser for the Kootenay Child Development Centre.

This event is open to the public and admission is by donation.

"The Brothers Insurance Agency Charity Car Show is the beginning of what can become an exciting annual event and a chance to invite car show goers to our beautiful community," said Ari Kupritz, owner of Brothers Insurance Agency. "It's a family day. Whether people are showing cars or coming as spectators, there will be plenty of vendor stands, food and things to do. And we particularly want to encourage people to get to know the Kootenay Child Development Centre who will receive all of the proceeds from the car show."

All makes and models are welcome and the fee for entering an automobile or truck is $20 for the first car and $5 for each additional car or truck; cost to enter a motorbike is $10.

The event start time is 10 a.m. with car registration beginning 8:30 a.m. at Western Financial Place's east parking lot. The show will come to a close at 4:30 p.m.

You can download an entry form in advance at You can also register on Friday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brothers Insurance Agency where there will also be a barbeque hosted by M&M Meats. The first 100 registrants for the car show will receive a goody bag.

The vision of the Kootenay Child Development project is the creation of a hub of co-located health and development services for children from birth to 19 years that is in a central location and easily accessible.

Services include pediatricians, an infant development program, a supported child development program, Interior Health Children's Assessment Network, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, East Kootenay Behaviour Intervention Program, an art therapist, a family counsellor, East Kootenay Child Care Resource and Referral, Children First, East Kootenay Friends of Children, and Kids Connection Preschool.

The new centre also houses a large board room with tele-health video conferencing capability, which will help reduce the amount of travel many families currently face when accessing services outside this region.

To date the fundraising committee has raised more than $1 million, just shy of its $1.1 million goal.

The nonprofits that have maintained or increased the number of donors and donations during the past few years have had to develop and implement new and unique promotional and marketing strategies. The latest creative idea for the Kootenay Child Development Centre is the car show, a fundraising event that will provide the Kootenay region with what they hope will become the largest antique and classic car show.

The show is expected to attract more than 100 cars and trucks ranging from pre-war antiques to rides from the disco era. They will arrive from throughout the Kootenays, the Interior region, the coast, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the United States. Multiple awards will be presented to participants and the competition will be judged by the car show participants themselves.

"Cranbrook has beautiful grounds and the right resources to put on a great show," said Patricia Whalen, East Kootenay Children First Manager and organizer of the event. "We are very thankful that Brothers Insurance Agency came forward as our main sponsor as it has allowed us to add additional activities to this year's show."

Whalen added that she is excited that the show will feature the Blues Brothers Too Tribute Act as well as many of our local dealerships and vendors. She is also happily overwhelmed with the wonderful support the event has received from the business community and the City of Cranbrook.

Besides attracting car buffs bringing memories of cruisin' with the top down and the radio blasting, the event will provide activities to entertain the entire family.

• Children's activities include the Home Depot Construction tent

• A variety of merchandise vendors

• A drive-in movie on Friday night at Moir Park featuring "The Croods" ($5/person or $20/car load)

• Silent auction (open to the public)

• Junk in Your Trunk Swap Meet on Friday night at Western Financial Place (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

• Plenty of summer-style food, including hamburgers, ice cream, beef jerky, home-baked goods and plenty more on Saturday.

Come out and eat and enjoy checking out the cars/trucks/motorcycles, music and live entertainment!

For more information visit, look for the car show on Facebook or call 250-426-2542.