You've decided on a show... what's next? There's lots of things to consider... time commitment, location, costs, in town, out of town, what do I need to bring, what to do during the show and others. If the show you're interested in going to has preregistration I recommend registering early to ensure that you can get in and show your ride.
|Found a shady spot at the Okotoks Show N Shine August 2019|
If the event you're considering is a fair distance from your home then there are a couple of other things that play into the decision making process. Whether you are going solo or with a companion adds another dimension to that process. I'll use our experience with last year's Okotoks Show N Shine as an example.
|1957 Ford Ranchwagon at the Okotoks Show N Shine August 2019|
|At the Cochrane Show N Shine, May 2019|
|Even when it rains.....|
|All cleaned up and ready to go!|
I like to show up early to shows mostly to have the chance to pick a good spot close to the center of the action. At some shows you are able to pick your own spot, others will have people directing you. It pays to show up early even to the latter type as there is a lot more space available. If it's possible try and get a layout for the event in advance so you can figure out where you'd like to park. I like to find a spot that's close to a washroom and has a bit of shade. If there's a chance I'm going to leave early I'll pick a spot that makes it easy to do so and if there is live music you might want a spot that's not too close to the stage. If friends are showing their cars it's always nice to coordinate arrival and setup times so that you can be parked close together. Same holds true if you know of others with similar vehicles.
|Bowness Auto Parts Show N Shine 2019|
|Westiva 2017. Wedge Pond, Kananaskis.|