Cruisin’ the Midway Car Show was as hot as the weather at the Orangeville Fair
But with that end of the season also comes a familiar tradition, bringing with it the nostalgia of days past: The Orangeville Fair. Over a hundred years old, the fair initially began as a way to bring together the community and highlight the successful agricultural and farming accomplishments of those in the area.
Over the years it grew to include rides and carnival games, tractor pulls and smash-up derbies, food trucks, demonstrations, vendor fairs, and the always-a-favourite car shows.
Originally, the fair used to be held in the town of Orangeville at the old race tracks. But as industry moved into town, and the race track was replaced with shopping centres, restaurants and a theatre, the fair moved to the Orangeville Agricultural Society’s property just outside of town in Mono.
Despite the raging heat with temperatures nearing 40 Celsius with the humidity, Saturday afternoon brought a large number of people to the fair, and over 150 classic, antique and simply spectacular cars to Cruisin’ the Midway.
“Despite the heat, it was a really great turnout,” said David Murphy, who organized the event. “We had a lot of unique and interesting cars, and people were really excited to participate. We also had a panel of guest judges, as well as a Community Pick award to give out, which always adds to the event.”
The Fair provided a gorgeous backdrop to Cruisin the Midway, with the Ferris Wheel and other rides along the skyline on one side, and the horse competitions along the opposite side. Early in the afternoon, on the far end of the car show, one had the chance to witness riders practicing with their horses and carriages, and with some of the trucks from the early 1900s, for a moment it was almost possible to imagine you were at one of the first fairs.
As usual, Cruisin’ the Midway had cars from all eras and classes, providing more than enough to keep even those who only have a small interest in cars drooling over some of the beautiful vehicles.
The judging took place early afternoon, where, after posing for a photo op the group wandered through the wide selection and took note of some of their favourites.
Along with several of the fair organizers, the judging team this year consisted of local dignitary, Orangeville Mayor Jeremy Williams, Orangeville Police Chief Wayne Kalinski, sibling 2015/2016 Fair Ambassadors Emily Manzerolle (Sr. Ambassador) and Timothy Manzerolle (Jr. Ambassador), as well as one of MacMaster Buick GMC’s newest Sales Reps, Mike Lansdell.
The heat wasn’t enough to prevent the judges from picking the cars that stood out most to them, and each of the favourites were awarded a trophy at the end of the show.
This year’s winners included: The Mayor’s Award: 1989 Toyota MR-2 Supercharged
Police Chief’s Award: 1947 Chevrolet Pickup
MacMaster Buick GMC Award: 1957 Buick Caballero
Orangeville Agricultural Society Award: 1932 Ford Stake Pickup Community Choice Award: 1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Written & Photos by Tabitha Wells