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First River Bottom Rods & Rides car show a success

The free event took place on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., allowing for a day filled with various cars, family-friendly activities and community spirit.

ESTEVAN — Classic, sport and all other kinds of vehicle enthusiasts from all across the southeast and beyond were in for a treat this weekend as the first River Bottom Rods and Rides Car Show revved up at the Hidden Valley Golf and RV Resort west of Estevan.

The free event took place on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., allowing for a day filled with various cars, family-friendly activities and community spirit.

Brad Dutton, owner and operator of Hidden Valley Golf and RV Resort, said organizing the event wently smoothly, thanks to the original organizers and hosts.

"Tim and Tony [Gervais] have had this show for 20 years and they've done an amazing job," said Dutton. "They decided they weren't going to do it anymore, and I thought, why not continue the tradition here? It's a nice area, with grass and no dust, and we've got the infrastructure to support it."

The event garnered significant interest, with over 100 cars parked for display by noon and more were still coming through the gate.

"I'm pleasantly surprised with the turnout. It's all about the weather, and we've been lucky so far," Dutton said.

In addition to the stunning array of classic and custom cars including one Formula 1-style race car built by the Forrests, the show featured several activities aimed at families and children. One of the highlights was a unique opportunity for kids and adults to smash two cars with a hammer for a small fee, raising money for the local humane society.

"The kids are loving it. Where else would you get to smash a car with a hammer?" Dutton remarked.

The Outram-Madigan 4-H Beef Club catered food. The Estevan Royal Canadian Legion was also on location with their raffle truck, selling tickets and visiting with the guests.

"We have a nice crowd here, and it's a great way to bring people together and show off what Estevan has to offer," said Dutton.

Feedback from early participants has been overwhelmingly positive.

"I've heard nothing but good things. People are really enjoying themselves," Dutton noted.

Looking ahead, Dutton hopes the success of this year's show will pave the way for future events.

"Seeing this turnout, I think we're going to try and do it again next year. It's all about celebrating the guys that come out with their fancy cars, sitting in lawn chairs, playing music and making memories," Dutton said.

"I'd like to thank everybody for coming, and all the gearheads especially. They're the ones that make it happen. They own all this fancy iron. And there is a lot of fancy iron here," he added.

The first River Bottom Rods and Rides Car Show turned out to be a memorable event for the Estevan community, offering something for everyone and showcasing the charm of the Hidden Valley Golf and RV Resort.