The Danny Berg Show n’ Shine will unite car lovers this July for the second year in a row.  

Josiah Warkentin, Mackenzie Loewen, and Dennis Hoeppner are members of Westside Community Church in Morden. The trio has found a way to bring together their passion for cars, community, and remembering a good friend.  

“[L]ast year, [Warkentin] and I were talking about how we wanted to run a Show n’ Shine [and] get the community together for the passion of cars,” says Loewen. “[O]ne of my friends passed away tragically last summer and we thought, ‘well, why don't we do this in his name?’” 

Danny Berg is the friend in whose honour the Show n’ Shine happens.  

“Danny was a really good guy,” says Loewen. “He just had a love for people. He had a love for cars and he wanted to just love everybody and get to know everybody. He didn't care who you were or what you did. He just wanted to know you and wanted to be your friend.” 

Danny Berg in CongoDanny Berg (second from left) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

For Warkentin, coming together in shared appreciation for cars is the perfect avenue to promote Berg’s benevolent ideals. 

"I have a little son at home, he absolutely adores cars. It's just something . . . that you can fall in love with [from a very young age], and [it] brings people together. It’s a good time.” 

In the wake of last year’s success, the trio is bringing the Show n’ Shine back for a second year.  
“We had a great [turnout] and we decided, ‘let's do it again’,” says Loewen.  

Warkentin says that the event will feature a coffee truck, food provided by Co-op, homemade ice cream from Rendezvous in Morden, and — of course — cars.  

Hoeppner says that all the funds raised at the Show n’ Shine will support missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.   

“Danny was there two years ago, and he had quite an impact,” says Hoeppner. “[T]he people there wanted to honour him, [so] they named projects after him. We have the Danny Berg Hub, which is a center for training and teaching young people in business and in agricultural skills. All funds will be used to help further that cause, which Danny was very passionate about.”  

Danny Berg Hub

Hoeppner says that funds will be raised through the sale of burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream. There will also be a donation option.   

For those who wish to enter a car for the event, sign-up is simple.  

“[Y]ou just bring your car in and there'll be a little booth set up,” says Loewen. “There's [a] $5 entry fee, and then they'll give you a little plaque with your name and your car on [it] and you'll stick it in your windshield. Then you'll just have a good time.” 

Warkentin says that there will be prizes at the Show n’ Shine, which judges will award near the end of the event. There will also be raffle prizes; each person who registers a car will be entered into the draw.  

The Danny Berg Shown n’ Shine runs from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. on July 21st at the Morden Park bowl. Loewen asks that anyone entering a car come at 11 a.m. to get settled in before the event begins.  

For Hoeppner, the Show n’ Shine is fun for everyone involved.  

“[I]t is amazing the cars that people bring,” says Hoeppner. “I think it's really a family event. For moms, dads, kids . . . it's more than just teenagers and muscle cars.” 

Listen to the full interview below.  

~With files from Connie Bailey~