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Mopars in the Mountains Car Show and a good causePosted: July 4, 2012

The Kootenay Child Development Centre (KCDC) says the show will go on at Moir Park in Cranbrook.

The sixth Annual Mopars in the Mountains Car Show will brighten up the area July 20 and 21 as vintage and classic car owners travel to the city from all over to show-off their babies.

By stepping forward to run the show, the KCDC is keeping it alive.
Long time organizers of Mopars in the Mountains Car Show Mike and Donna Stanko said in January of this year that the ever-popular classic car show would not be going ahead unless new volunteers came forward. The KCDC came forward and will now take the steps to ensure that the ‘Show Will Go On.’

The Kootenay Child Development Centre team saw taking over the Mopars Car Show as a wonderful opportunity for an annual fundraiser for the centre that would help raise funds to enhance their programs and services.

This year the team has added a few new details such as an extra Drive In Movie Night and are also offering businesses the opportunity to set up booths at the event. This year’s movies include Grease and Cars 2. They are also working with the downtown business association to offer participants a cruise of their cars downtown and a bbq during Friday night’s registration, which this year will take place at the Kootenay Child Development Centre.

Admission to the car show will be by donation. The Drive In Movie Night will be $5 per person or $20 per car load. The cost to participate in the Car Show will be $20 and to be part of the “Junk in Your Trunk Swap Meet” on Friday night, the registration cost is $10. For additional details about the event, please visit the website at

Sponsors for the event are already lining up to support Mopars in the Mountains such as Cranbrook Dodge, A&W, Teck, Brothers Insurance Agency, Sandman Inn, Kal Tire, Minute Muffler, Subway, ABC Restaurant, Signal Collision, Kootenay Kwik Print, Econo Lodge, Kootenay Import Auto Group, Brandt Tractor, Rocky Mountain Diesel, Lube-X, Giant Tiger, McDonald’s Restaurant, Lordco Auto Parts, e-KNOW, Car Scene, Almo Court Motel, East Kootenay Realty Insurance, Custom Car and Sound and Napa Auto Parts. Other businesses looking to offer support can contact Patricia at 250-426-2542.

The vision of the Kootenay Child Development project is the creation of a hub of co-located health and development services for children from birth to 19 years that will be in a central location and easily accessible. Services include Pediatricians, Infant Development program, Supported Child Development program, Interior Health Children’s Assessment Network, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, East Kootenay Child Care Resource and Referral, Children First, and Kids Connection Preschool. The new Centre also houses a large boardroom with telehealth video conferencing capability, that will help reduce the amount of travel many families currently face when having to take trips out of our region to access these services. To date the fundraising committee has raised over $1 million, just shy of their $1.1 million goal.

In past years, cars shown at Mopars in the Mountains have hailed from Washington, Idaho, Montana, East and West Kootenay, and Southern Alberta. There will be a fantastic variety of vehicles so be sure to bring your camera as you walk down memory lane.

There will be great food (this year’s concession will be run by the Cranbrook Bugle Band), great music and great people to help make your experience a great one! The Mopars in the Mountains has become a tradition in the East Kootenay and the Kootenay Child Development Centre fundraising team is happy to be able to carry on the tradition.

There are many participant benefits – each vehicle owner will have the opportunity to win prizes, trophies and cash awards. Don’t forget to pre-register online to get your name in the early bird draw.

To be successful the Mopars in the Mountains requires a coalition of partners; sponsors, vendors and above all the public. Come out July 20 and 21 to show your support. All proceeds from this event will go towards the Kootenay Child Development Centre.



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