Organizers of the Langley Good Times Cruise-In breathed a sigh of relief this month after they got the word that a popular burger joint will be coming once again.
In-N-Out Burger is an American chain without any brick-and-mortar stores here in B.C. But for the past several years, it has had a presence at the Cruise-In, with a food truck serving the chainâ€™s popular eats to the crowd.
â€œThey are such a popular part of our show,â€ said Cruise-In president Eric Taylor.
This year, recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program threatened to keep the truck out of the country.
The epic lineups for the In-N-Out also help fund the main purpose of the Cruise-In: funding local charities.
The Cruise-In organization pays part of the costs of bringing up the crews of burger flippers.
But In-N-Out gives Cruise-In a $2,500 cheque towards their charities, and itâ€™s actually the Cruise-In organization that sells the tickets allowing hungry visitors to claim a burger.
â€œAt the end, we end up with about $10,000 in our hands,â€ said Taylor.
As Cruise-In is completely volunteer run and non-profit, that makes up a good chunk of the cash going to good causes at the end of the show.
The issues have since been smoothed over. Itâ€™s been ruled that In-N-Out will be allowed to bring in its workers for a one-day charity event.
Taylor said there had already been a lot of comments and questions on the Cruise-Inâ€™s website about whether the burger chain would be returning.
Theyâ€™re expecting to sell 1,500 tickets this year for In-N-Out burger meals.