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Jacked and juiced auto enthusiasts heat up Skaha Beach for car show

Lift kits to custom paint jobs, Skaha Beach will be the place for auto enthusiasts this weekend for the inaugural JCI Penticton Jacked & Juiced custom truck and car show.

“We even have the Boys and Girls Club in Summerland taking their old bus and getting all the kids to paint it then enter it,” said car show organizer Brent Fitzgerald. “It’s going to be a mix of hot rods, lowered and chopped trucks, semi trucks, Jeeps and jacked up trucks.”

Fitzgerald said whether you have just added a lift kit to your truck or have gone all out with custom rims, roll bars, brush guards, graphics and paint, you are invited to enter your cars into the show.

“It should be a nice couple of days so we expect the car enthusiast will have a look out their window and decide to come down and enter. We are expecting a pretty good turnout,” said Fitzgerald.

Vehicles will be on display to the public for free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the beverage garden on Skaha Beach will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday a pancake breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. Prizes will be handed out for the people’s choice truck and people’s choice car. First place will receive $1,000, second place $500 and third place $250.

The custom truck and car show presented by Boyd Autobody and Glass is a fundraiser for the JCI Summer Day Camp for Kids. JCI Penticton hosts various events annually to support the camps. For the past 20 or so years, JCI Penticton has supported the summer day camps by contributing funds to the City of Penticton recreation centre to offer activities and field trips to campers throughout the summer.

JCI previously held the Mr. Muscle and Miss Bikini contest on the B.C. Day long weekend but decided to do something different this year.

“We just wanted to do something new and something a little more all inclusive where kids can be part of it too,” said Fitzgerald.

The beverage garden will be located in the sand, the same location as the Mr. Muscle and Miss Bikini was previously held near the sun dial on the east portion of Skaha Lake. DJ Shakes will be playing music and Fitzgerald said they may have resort-style games for people to play. Children will have their own fenced-off area with a rock wall, bouncy castles and food vendors.

“Bring down a towel and hang out at the beach. The beverage garden is totally free to get in and it will be a lot more of a relaxed atmosphere with lots of tents for shade and picnic tables to sit at,” said Fitzgerald.

Those looking to register their vehicles can do so online at www.jackedandjuiced.com. Anyone wanting to volunteer at the event can email volunteers@jackedandjuiced.com.

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