Custom and collector cars were lined up outside the gates to D.W. Poppy Secondary early Sunday, owners anxious to get in and to be part of the 31st annual fundraiser car show in aid of the students and school.
Pre-registration sold out, and by the end of the morning organizer Marlene Yakabuski predicted there were more than 680 to 700 various cars, trucks, and other types of automobiles on display at the rural Langley school yard.
Lining up cars row by row on the sports fields, Yakabuski said they maxed out all the available field space early, and had to turn some cars away.
“We’re not letting any more cars in, because we’re out of spots,” she said.
In addition to all the car collectors who turned out to help raise money for the school, the Poppy parent predicted there were literally thousands of spectators who also came “to enjoy these beautiful cars on a beautiful sunny day.”
She thanked sponsors, car collectors, and spectators alike who help raise thousands each year for the school. The fundraising tally for this year’s show won’t be likely be available before the end of the week, Yakabuski said.
She also wanted to express thanks all the Poppy students who play a key role in this year’s car show.
“There’s volunteers who are helping park cars, selling merchandise, selling 50-50 tickets. We’ve got our dry grad students at the gate, who are getting paid to help us out there in support of dry grad – they’re getting some of the proceeds. We’ve got the basketball teams running the concession. We’ve got the rugby team out in the parking lot – spectator parking – in support of rugby and athletics, and various other students from the school helping out – all the money to the school.”
Looking out at the cars, looking at the sea of spectators, and scanning some of the student volunteers, Yakabuski concluded: “It’s a great day… with all proceeds going 100 per cent to the school.”