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Get revved up for annual car show this weekend

Posted May 26, 2011 By Stacey Roy

EMC Events - Car enthusiasts everywhere will want to hop behind the wheel May 28-29 and drive down to the 39th annual Antique & Collector Car Show, Flea Market & Craft Sale.

Taking place rain or shine at the Lombardy Fairgrounds, the show offers both inside and outdoor attractions that will please the entire family.

"There's something for everyone," said Lorie Schur, member of the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (Rideau Lakes Region) which is hosting the event. "It really is an opportunity for families to share that type of interest."

Ladies and children will enjoy walking down the aisles of the craft show and sale where a large array of hand-crafted items will be on display. Food booths will also be available to purchase items throughout the day.

While the family is shopping at the craft sale, automotive enthusiasts will be welcome to browse the flea market all weekend where parts and pieces needed to complete your treasured automobile may be found.

"We have vendors that are coming from as far away as Toronto," said Terry Irish, event chairman. "It's amazing what does come out."

Both markets will be available for visitors Saturday and Sunday. Music in the style of Buddy Holly will be heard throughout the weekend thanks to the band known as Buddy Holly Live.

"I'm anxious to hear them," Irish said.

This group will be at the Station Theatre for a show on June 12.

On Sunday, May 29 the chrome and sparkle will be on display during the annual car show. Antiques, classic and street rods are welcome to take part. Organizers expect to welcome around 100 vehicles of all types this day.

"We've seen our numbers increase because we've moved our date," Schur said.

Beginning last year the event moved away from Mother's Day weekend, which has contributed to successful events. Last year the show had six original Model Ts on display.

There is no registration fee to take part in the show ($2.50 general admission does apply), yet every participating vehicle owner has the chance to win a day at the Calabogie Race Track thanks to Kanata Ford. The winner will be escorted by a professional driving instructor in a Ford Mustang and have the chance to run a lap at the track.

"It's something I'd like to win myself," said Irish.

In the early afternoon the Vintage Vehicle Parade will take its lap around the fair grounds. Each category has a first and second place trophy as well as the chance to win one of five special awards. This includes Peoples' Choice, President's Choice, Camp Quality Trophy, Long Distance.


A portion of the proceeds from this event will once again be donated to Camp Quality in Lanark. Since 2000 the area camp has been welcoming eastern Ontario children battling cancer for one week of fun with family and new friends. The entire camp is volunteer run and operates out of Providence Point. They run strictly on donations.

"It's so gratifying to go there and see the community involvement when this week goes on," Irish added. "We're proud to help sponsor that."

The show has been a regular sponsor of Camp Quality for 12 years now. Camp Quality is an international organization that's been operating since 1983. It has a number of camps across Ontario that date back to 1988 and have plans to expand their network across the country.

Each camper has a companion to ensure their safety and alert medical staff to arising needs. Beyond all the programming and activity, Camp Quality gives children a precious gift that removes them from the stress of their medical conditions for at least one week.

"Kids get to be kids," Schur said.

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