Safari Niagara celebrates Father’s Day with 10th annual car show

Classic cars and cherished memories converged on Father’s Day at Safari Niagara earlier today.

There were many vintage cars to take in at the 10th annual Father’s Day car show at Safari Niagara. Credit: Nick Fearns | Fort Erie Radio

Mikayla-Rose Tykolis, co-ordinator for this year’s car show, said she has attended the car show since its inception but it wasn’t until recently that she’s had the honour of working it with her wonderful team.

The organizers say the car show at Safari Niagara is a good way to bring the family together. Credit: Nick Fearns | Fort Erie Radio

“We have cars from around the surrounding towns and Stevensville come out,” said Tykolis of the event, which is in its 10th year. “It is to bring families together and to celebrate Father’s Day as well and to bring the town together for a great time and a great day.”

There were 113 cars on display at the 10th annual Father’s Day car show at Safari Niagara. Credit: Nick Fearns | Fort Erie Radio

This year there were 113 cars entered and on display in the Stevensville Garden Gallery parking lot. People voted for their favourites with many of the cars advertising their number.

Graham Kerry had his 1971 Dodge Demon on display. Credit: Nick Fearns | Fort Erie Radio

Graham Kerry had his 1971 Dodge Demon on display.

Kerry claims his car is the “most Satan car on the planet” due in part to its serial number which ends in 0666.

Antonio Boccia and Tony Micieli at the 10th annual Father’s Day car show at Safari Niagara. Credit: Nick Fearns | Fort Erie Radio

Antonio Baccia came with his Camero 69 RSSS. He said he typically shows off his car with five of his friends, but only one of them was able to make it this year.

John Willan was at the show with his wife Samantha Jennings Willan and child Finnegan for his first Father’s Day. Credit: Nick Fearns | Fort Erie Radio

John Willan was at the show with his wife Samantha Jennings Willan and child Finnegan, who hold season passes for Safari Niagara.

“I came across and (learned) they were having the car show for Father’s Day,” said Willan, who added it was his first time celebrating Father’s Day as a father.

Credit: Nick Fearns | Fort Erie Radio

Asked if the car show could become a Father’s Day tradition going forward, Willan said he would like to.

When it came time to announce the winners, Tykolis thanked the sponsors and thanked everyone for “taking time out of your Father’s Day on this beautiful day to be here to celebrate with us.”

Credit: Nick Fearns | Fort Erie Radio

Adam Duguay got third place with his 1978 Ford van.

Second place was won by Bob Cutler’s 1948 Chevrolet bus.

For the first time in the 10-year history of the event, the first place winner was also the winner of the people’s choice award, with the double prize going to Jim Buccione and his 1956 Chevy Bel Air.

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