The bigger 1956 Mercury M100 makes a great backdrop for its mini-Mercury, with a 422 CC engine and rack and pinion steering, both built by Allan Johnson. He brought these vehicles to the Ponoka Fire Brigade Society’s first show and shine event on Labour Day. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka Fire Brigade Society hosts show and shine event

Some beautiful antique vehicles and motorbikes were showed off during a Labour Day show and shine.

Members of the Ponoka Fire Department (PFD) were on hand to support a special fundraiser show and shine on Labour Day.

The event was hosted by the Ponoka Fire Brigade Society, a fundraising arm of the PFD, and was organized by firefighter Pat Purnell who hoped to give folks a chance to showcase their fine antique vehicles.

He felt it would be a great way to get out into the community and put together a barbecue and show and shine but also bring face painting and an excuse to get together.

A special Ponoka Fire Department 1930 fire truck was on display. While the event was put together in somewhat short notice. Purnell says he hopes to bring three special show and shines together for 2018.

“Really focussing on promoting and developing business in the downtown core more,” said Purnell, adding that there is no set goal for fundraising from the event.

“We’ve got people with beautiful vehicles who are proud of what they’ve got,” he added.

There were three categories of entries: classic antique, factory modified and motorcycles.

If things go well for next year, Purnell hopes to see prizes for the different categories and expanded entries and sponsorship.

One fun entry was from a person from Corner Brook, N.L. who heard about the show and shine. They were making their way from Corner Brook to British Columbia and wanted to ensure they stopped on the way.

Money from the fundraiser will be split between supporting the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre and the MS Society.

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