Rankin Show and Shine raises money for rink
RANKIN – Cars of every stripe and era were out in full force Sunday for the third annual Motor Toy Show and Shine at the Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre.
The event saw 100 entries supported by the Wheels of the Valley antique car club. Vendors selling crafts and a community barbecue were part of the show which is donating proceeds to the new Rankin rink project. Organizers Shelley and Murray Dole estimated more than 400 people attended this year's show, an increase from 2014.
There are plans to vastly improve the rink area behind the centre with a new surface and boards. The current rink's infrastructure, in place since 1987, had fallen into such a state that the centre's executive decided it was time to remedy the situation. Shelley Dole explained that when the car show began in 2013 they were already looking at the rink as a future fundraising initiative.
“We needed to fix them then but now we are really gung-ho,” she said.
The project will cost an estimated $140,000. Between now and November, the centre will stage several fundraisers, while it attempts to secure a loan so they begin work immediately. The rink could be ready as early as next January in time for the popular Rankin winter carnival. Before this weekend, $20,000 has been collected. Dole added the car show will probably bring in another $2,500.
“We have a long way to go but we are optimistic,” she said.
Due to the enormous scale of the initiative, the project will be broken down into three phases. With the wooden boards ripped out and gone, the first phase is already underway. The ashpalt surface will be removed and replaced with a cement pad creating a curb for the rink board to anchor to. With a cement pad, the centre will paint lines that could offer basketball and ball hockey during the summer months. The second phase will be the purchase and installation of fibreglass boards, gates, netting and fencing. The third phase will see the eventual erection of a roof or overhang shelter with improvements to the seating area.
Meanwhile, the $1.6 million banquet hall, officially opened after a devastating fire destroyed the original structure in 2005, is receiving positive reviews from the public.
“It is a good facility and it is catching on,” said Dole. “More people are renting the hall.”
The Wheels of the Valley will be hosting several show and shine events for the remainder of the summer. They are next at Deep River Fest on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then in Golden Lake the following day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 8, the Wheels visit Chartwell Pinewood Retirement Residence in Pembroke and Round Lake Centre the following day. On Saturday, Aug. 22, they will be part of the Petawawa 150th celebrations and on Saturday, Aug. 29 they are in Griffith.
As part of its fundraising campaign, the Rankin Centre will next host a golf tournament at the Whitetail Golf Club in Eganville on Saturday, Sept. 12. Two Apple Extravaganzas will be hosted on Friday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 6 at the centre. This will be followed by a basket auction on Tuesday, Nov. 3 and a Victoria Tea on Thursday, Nov. 17.
For more information on how you can help or make a donation, called Kellie Hisko-Benoit at 613-732-9739 or check the website at www.rankincentre.ca.
Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist