Show n' Shine

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Monday, June 18, 2007

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Show n' Shine

Today is an anniversary of sorts.
 It was a year ago, June 16, 2006, that we made our first visit to Prince George, British Columbia.
Going back a little further, two years ago we were living in beautiful Ottawa.

It was June 2005 and we were looking forward to our imminent departure for a two month tour of Europe. While I had visited Europe frequently, Barb had not been there in 15 years. Therefore, an old fashioned automobile grand tour of Europe was in order. After taking delivery of our brand new Peugeot 307 Diesel in Lille, France, we drove 12,000 km in a round trip that went as far south as Rome. It was a trip of a life time that included most of the major sights in Western Europe.

Upon our return, Barbara moved to Brantford, Ontario to start her studies at Mohawk College. This was designed to bring about a career change which would lead her eventually to working with the visually impaired on behalf of the CNIB in an unfamiliar part of the country.
During the time of her studies, I continued to live in Ottawa but I also took the opportunity to travel for two month to Argentina. This wonderful discovery trip of was also the start of my interest in blogging.
Barbara's year at Mohawk College in Brantford, Ontario was culminated with a three-month field work placement in Victoria, BC. As previously mentioned, we wanted to discover an unfamiliar part of the country which led to Barbara's selection of Vancouver, Victoria and St. John's, Newfoundland as three possible choices for the field work.
This led to three months in Victoria, which we stretched into four due to the fact that we couldn't stand the thought of leaving this beautiful city unless we absolutely had to.
Since no permanent job opening was available for Barb in Victoria, she decided to accept a job which became available, with the CNIB, in Prince George.
Even though Prince George was a far cry and distance from Vancouver and Victoria, we had made the decision that we wanted to stay in British Columbia to discover this part of Canada.
Since the scope of Barbara's job covers the territory of Northern British Columbia, there certainly would be a great opportunity to see more of this beautiful province which bills itself as "The Best Place on Earth to Live" (that should be the subject of a future blog).
My own situation was extremely flexible since I retired from high school teaching in Ontario in 1999. This meant that I was in a position to work part time as an occasional teacher in my preference of French, Spanish and German anywhere once I had the necessary provincial credentials.
While still living in Victoria, we had chosen the weekend of June 16, to make our first trip to Prince George in order to become a little more familiar with our future home.
While the trip from Vancouver via Whistler was spectacular and the drive up the Fraser River Valley to Prince George was scenic, the town of Prince George, having a population of 80,000, would take some getting used to.
Whatever the case may have been, we did arrive in Prince George on a special weekend. Other than the fact that it was Father's Day, it is also the weekend of Show n' Shine.

Of course when one first arrives in a strange town with little preparation and one hears locals talking about "Show n' Shine", one is not really aware of what is going on except that there are a lot of antique cars in the downtown streets.

This year's version will be the 32 nd edition of Show n' Shine and will once again be by far the biggest show of any kind in the downtown area.
Several of the major streets are closed off, literally closed off, since there is a $2.00 admission charge.
If one is a lover of antique cars, this is a show not to be missed. Some 350 entrants are coming from all over the west to compete for the honours of the best car in a particular category.

There will be, to coin an original phrase, "activities for the whole family with live entertainment, food vendors, cars and more cars".
I am looking forward to going, because this year I know what is going on and I am not just walking around trying to make sense out of being here.
The highlight of course is the antique cars which will be on display come rain or shine, from 10:00 until 16:00, as well as the expected attendance of some 20,000 visitors. 

This is the event of the year in Northern British Columbia and is not to be missed, especially since we live only a five minutes walk from the action.
Unfortunately Barbara is leaving this evening for Montreal to attend a conference and to spend some time with her family and friends.
Meanwhile, my thoughts are to head to Yellowknife, the capital of the North-West Territories simply because I have never been to this part of Canada. After all, one of the purposes of our coming to Prince George was to give us an opportunity to discover the North, including the Far North.

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