THE Minyip Show and Shine is more than a car show; it's a community coming together to help each other out.
Founder and organiser Dale Maggs loves his hometown of Minyip and is proud of what the Show and Shine brings out in the community.
"Everyone gets behind it, everyone does their little bit," he said.
The show is expected to have well over 250 cars and motorcycles on display on Sunday, April 11.
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"It'll be a larger crowd of entries because people just want to get out and enjoy the open spaces with friends with their vehicles and motorcycles," Mr Maggs said.
Despite the Minyip Show and Shine being postponed due to the snap lockdown in February, Mr Maggs said 60 local car enthusiasts rolled into town on the original date.
"They wanted to come for a drive and enjoy the outdoors in the Wimmera region," he said.
"They vowed to come back and make the new date bigger and better."
Some Mildura car club members also came down that Sunday, one member Marty Deacon, is hosting the auction to kick off the event.
Mr Deacon is a former Minyiup resident and will be holding the auction in front of Emma's Cafe at 10am on the Sunday.
"The goods have been donated by kind locals," Mr Maggs said.
"It's going to be a great little auction to start off the event."
Mr Maggs said it had been a challenging 12 months for many people, which is one of the reasons the events started several years ago.
"It was about getting the black dog off people's backs. My farmer mates were coming off the back of floods and then drought and were suffering depression," he said.
"It's about helping businesses and brighten the lives of people in the country who may have had a rough trot of it.
"It's about putting smiles on people's faces."
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The charity the Minyip Show and Shine donate to is one "close to the heart of Minyip".
"The Royal Flying Doctors Service does a great deal of work within our region transporting patients," Mr Maggs said.
"We're very pleased to be able to assist them at the end of every Show and Shine.
"Last year we gave them $2500 and we were also able to give the Minyip Progress Association $3500."
In 2020, the Minyip Show and Shine was one of the last major events before the lockdown.
Mr Maggs said it was an effort to ensure the event would go ahead after the February lockdown.
"I have to thank the people on the committee who worked in getting this together," he said.
"Especially my wife and family who stuck behind me when it got a bit tough. And it has been tough.
"It was looking like it wasn't going to go ahead. I pushed hard to keep it going."
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