Craig Wyllie (right) checks out the engine under the hood of John Shepherd’s 1945 Dodge pickup as they gear up for the Sun Valley Cruise-In Aug. 11 on 30th Avenue and Aug. 12 at Polson Park.

Car lovers Cruise-In towards annual Vernon show

13th annual Sun Valley Cruise-In revs up downtown Vernon and Polson Park Aug. 11 and 12.

Car enthusiasts are getting into gear for one of the biggest car shows to hit town.

The Watkin Motors Sun Valley Cruise-In revs up Aug. 11 and 12 in Vernon for its 13th year.

“This show is open to everyone and there will be a mix of classics and hot rods,” said Rob Wasiliew, Cruise-In committee member. “We’ve been doing this for 13 years and it grows every year. We usually average about 400 vehicles.”

Registered cars, and trucks, kick off the event Saturday with a poker run at 1 p.m. before lining main street from 3 to 9 p.m. to show off their chrome and custom builds.

“It will be full too, it is every year,” said Wasiliew, as the cars will fill 30th Avenue from 29th Street down to 34th.

Along with the Monashees beverage garden, the Downtown Vernon Association will also have live music all afternoon on the Davidson Lawyers stage – including Mace, Brandon Schmor, Olivia Penalva, Jesse Mast and an Elvis Tribute by Clay Stenberg

The Raggedy Rollers will be skating around downtown delivering food and treat samples during the Cruise-In. A by-donation A&W Malt Shoppe will be set up, benefitting the MS Society and Queen Silver Star Excellence Program.

“The Cruise-In in Downtown Vernon is more than just cars,” said Holly Schmidt, events and marketing manager for the DVA. “It’s a night of entertainment and dancing as well. It’s a fantastic free event for the entire family.”

A second chance to check out the cars takes place Sunday at Polson Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards, including a $1,000 grand prize draw, will be handed out at 3 p.m.

For more information or to register visit or call 250-275-4707.

Those parking downtown Saturday should note that 30th Avenue, from the 2900 block to the 3400 block, will be closed from 1 p.m. to  11:30 p.m.


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