Heritage Day a Huge Success!
This year’s Heritage Day held in the Shelburne downtown core this past Saturday was proof “if you build it they will come”.
As always the car show held by Oatman’s was a huge draw at this years Heritage Day events, and we all have to agree the fantastic weather must have had a lot to do with it. In conversation with the Free Press Oatman’s confirmed that there were 220 cars on display. Trophy results are as follows: Best in Show went to Ron Passer with is 1957 Buick Station Wagon, Second was Fabian Venier with his 1955 Chevy Belair with third going to Larry Lee Sawcuck with their 1939 Ford Custom. People’s Choice Award went to Gregg Marinoff with his 1969 Ford Mustang Fast Back while Best Modified was takent by John Crust in his 1956 Chevy 210. Best Original went to Rick Heindman’s 1969 Oldmobile Hurst Olds, Most Unique was taken by Bill & Bev Robbins 1931 Ford 8 Window coupe, and Farthest Travelled was James Smith in his 1947 Mercury 1-Ton and lastly Best Hot Rod went to Bob & Judy Kirby for their 1934 Ford. This show took up the entire Main Street as well as one whole side of Owen Sound Street and it was hard to not spend too long looking at one car before moving onto the next car, when the same thing would happen. Start talking to the owner and next thing you know 20 minutes has flown by. The amazing variety of cars at this event keeps getting better and better every year!
New this year and another big draw was the Soap Box Derby. This event was hosted by Jr. Schooner’s and the starting ramp itself was enough to make any kid wish they had built one of these gravity propelled vehicles themselves. As I watched each participant make their way down the ramp in their hand crafted vehicle each of them had a look of complete joy and happiness in their faces and the parents, on the sidelines who helped to make the race cars, were just as proud cheering on all the kids. Most of the talk I heard in the crowds were talking of building a derby car next year, and I myself can hardly wait to see what the racers come up! With a total of 10 entries, the results for the 1st Annual Soap Box Derby are: 10-13 year olds: 1st Sam Mallette, 2nd Jenna Purchase, 3rd Nolan Wark, 6-7 year olds: 1st Gael Gonez-Daza, 2nd Robbie Harris, 3rd Jackson Wight, 8-9 year olds: 1st Ayden Alonzo, 2nd Gonzalo Gomez-Daza, 3rd Ashton Crouse.
Another great addition this year was the Bed Races. With a total of 12 entries, each consisting of teams of four plus one on the bed, the decorations and attire was enough to make anyone in the crowd want to join in next year it looked like so much fun! The team of Auto Centre Dufferin County Inc. won People’s Choice, Best Bed Design and were crowned Grand Champions! Runners for the bed were Patricia Hunt, Ken France, Dalton Hunt, John Moffit and sitting in the bed was Charlie Zubrickas.
There was entertainment all day long beginning with Oatmans Band on the Main Stage followed by a dance performed by Aikam Arts Academy Bhangra Team, you could also find a Jack’s and Marbles competitions, Pie and Ice Cream eating contests an open air market and Time Period Photo’s. Most stores in the downtown core were open and offering specials. One Energy had David Rankine creating works of art with his Healing Henna and giving incredibly insightful readings.
If that wasn’t enough, the day concluded with a family dance that was held at the legion from 4pm to 8pm. A great way to end such a fun filled day!
Written by Michelle Austen