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Vintage cars shine at 38th annual Hooterville Hoot in Vanderhoof

Vanderhoof’s Riverside Park buzzed with classic cars at the 38th Annual Hooterville Hoot, a beloved car event, despite less than ideal weather conditions on June 2.

The event, held on its traditional first Sunday in June, saw 112 vehicles roll in, slightly below the usual range of 135 to 150 due to the gloomy forecast.

However, enthusiasm remained high with an estimated 500 to 700 attendees turning up to admire the diverse array of vehicles on display, said Shelley Funk.

Dave and Shelley Funk, alongside fellow vintage car enthusiasts, organize the event every year, carrying on the legacy started by Ken Holden and his family nearly four decades ago.

Originally hosted in the Co-op parking lot, the event found its current home in Riverside Park 13 years ago, transforming into a family-friendly affair complete with food vendors and entertainment like Northern Inflatables for the kids.

Despite being a free event for participants and spectators alike, donations were collected, with half of the proceeds earmarked for charitable causes.

“The Hooterville Hoot has been held for 38 years and we hope that it will continue for many more years. People enjoy coming out to see the variety of vehicles that attend the show,” Funk said.

Funk also said this year the funds were dedicated to supporting the Jay Preston Raphael search efforts. Raphael was reported missing on Feb. 28, 2023 from a residence in Saik’uz.

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