Blossom Run cancelled

The Blossom Run, an annual celebration of hot rods, will not take place this year.

The Blossom Run, an annual celebration of hot rods, will not take place this year.

For the past 30 years, the weekend event has been an Okanagan tradition and for the past 25 years, it has been held in Summerland on the May long weekend.

“It’s been postponed, put on hold, for a year,” said Frank Kinney, a member of the Blossom Run Society. “The cost of running it has gotten out of hand.”

The event drew hot rodders from Western Canada and the United States.

Included in the weekend was a show and shine on the Saturday afternoon.

The show drew many spectators to the downtown area to view the vintage cars and trucks.

Dave MacDonald, chair of the Blossom Run Society, said the costs and the declining participation led to the decision to cancel the event for this year.

In its earlier years, the event would draw around 200 participants, but more recently, attendance had fallen to between 80 and 100 participants.

MacDonald added that there are many other long weekend events in Summerland and in the rest of the region on the same weekend.

“There’s going to be a Blossom Run next year,” he said.

“We’re looking for an affordable venue for 2015.”