The Consul car show is all revved up and ready to shift into high gear this Saturday.
The Reno Rodders Car Club is based in Consul and will be hosting the event. But don't let their small-town origins fool you, they will be hosting a massive amount of chrome and steel at this year's event.
President of the Reno Rodders, Chris McMillan, has been helping organize this show for a few years now, with them deciding to start up their own show after going to various other shows, in 2014.
"Initially we started doing them in the Cypress Hills Park when we teamed up with Maple Creek and Shaunavon," recounted McMillan. "We branched out to do our own and we've been doing them ever since."
Basing the show in Consul is a way of giving back to the community he grew up in for McMillan. It gives people a chance to come out and interact with the town and helps to drive attention to the community of 50 residents (circa the 2021 census).
With folks making drives down on Friday from Calgary and Saskatoon, they plan to converge in Consul on Saturday.
"We tried something different by offering a Friday cruise," said McMillan. "We brought them to nearby Maple Creek and Shaunavon, and then for overnight stays just because Consul doesn't quite have enough accommodations."
Saturday they are expecting some great weather in Consul for the car show, and have extended the invitation to enter.
"It's open to everybody, all makes, models and years," said McMillan. "If you want to bring your tractor, you're welcome to enter it into the show."
The entry fee for the show is based on donation, so it's whatever the individual entering feels is fair. The money raised will go to a local charity in Consul. In previous years, they have given to the local food bank and other organizations, raising on occasion over $3,000.
People who enter will have a chance to win a trophy in three categories. The people's choice is an award presented to the car voted on by folks in attendance. The competitor's choice is voted on by everyone who has entered the show and shine, and the Reno Rodders themselves have a vote and select the third winner.
"There's also some raffle prizes and door prizes," McMillan shared. "And a 50/50 sale."
The show will be running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is recommended people interested in making purchases in town bring cash with them, as there is no ATM in Consul on the weekend.