Work­ing Truck Show & Shine re­turns

Amherst host­ing sec­ond an­nual event Sept. 9-10

The Amherst News - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW WAGSTAFF an­drew.wagsta@amher­st­news.ca Twitter: @ADNan­drew

e big trucks are back. e sec­ond an­nual Border­town Work­ing Truck Show & Shine will be held in Amherst this week­end, and Bill Dowe is hop­ing to ex­pand on the event’s suc­cess­ful de­but last year.

“We’re an­tic­i­pat­ing and hop­ing for 50 trucks this year,” said Dowe, who co­or­di­nates the show with Mike Ouel­let. “We’ve had a lot more cov­er­age on so­cial me­dia, word got out last year about our event, and I think the cen­tral lo­ca­tion helps us a lot.”

Held in part­ner­ship with Mar­itime Ride & Pride, the event took root last year af­ter a long-run­ning show and shine in Cocagne, N.B. ceased op­er­a­tion. Ouel­let put out a call for other po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions for a show, and Dowe an­swered.

“I knew noth­ing had ever been done in town like that be­fore, and I thought, what a per­fect op­por­tu­nity,” he said. “I saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to cap­i­tal­ize on and bring some peo­ple into our town for a new and di er­ent event.”

e two got to­gether in Amherst, and agreed the park­ing lot be­hind Amherst Cen­tre Mall and Cana­dian Tire would make a suit­able lo­ca­tion. Nei­ther had ever put on a truck show. De­spite that steep learn­ing curve, the show brought in 32 trucks.

Com­par­a­tively speak­ing, the first work­ing truck show ever held in Wind­sor had 10 trucks.

“I felt ab­so­lutely it was a suc­cess,” said Dowe.

is year’s show will stick with that for­mula, although with some new sur­prises. Reg­is­tra­tion will be­gin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and a pa­rade will take place at 10 a.m. on Sun­day. Prize will be awarded, and pro­ceeds from the event will go to Amherst Spe­cial Olympics, which will have ath­letes on site tak­ing part.

New this year will in­clude cater­ing by an on-site food truck, mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment all af­ter­noon into the early evening, and a “top se­cret” fun event for driv­ers in the af­ter­noon.

Dowe is ex­pect­ing trucks from as far away as Syd­ney and Maine.

“If we can bring in 50 units, and there’s usu­ally at least cou­ple peo­ple with each truck, that’s 90100 peo­ple from out of town com­ing to spend, shop and re­lax,” he said. “It’s good for all our lo­cal busi­nesses.”

FILE PHOTO

Dry­den Schiefer climbed atop a cracker box truck, a style from the late ’50s, while his dad, Doug, watched dur­ing last year’s Border­town Work­ing Truck Show & Shine. The sec­ond an­nual event will take place in Amherst on Sept. 9-10.

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