It’s no secret there are a lot of antique and classic car aficionados in the Orangeville area. With weekly ‘showings’ in the Canadian Tire parking lot during the summer and the Blues Cruise Classic Car Show at the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, it’s clear that people around here like a chance to gander at the beautiful cars from around Dufferin County.
But one thing the town does not have is its own, full-fledged automotive show. That’s where the idea for the Hockley Antiques and Automotive Show came from. The show is the brainchild of Marc and Victoria Nicols, Elaine Capes and John Litherland and will be held June 20 to 22, 2014 and September 12 to 14, 2014 at the Orangeville Agricultural Centre.
“There was a bit of the lack in the area for something really nice as far as a show goes with antiques, antique and classic automotive pieces and really nice quality furniture,” explained Mr. Nicols. “As a group we decided to fill that gap and put our nose to the grindstone and figure out how to get it done. We all have expertise in different areas of putting things together, and this is what we were able to come up with.”
The fair will be a large event, combining antiques and cars with seminars on things like proper ways to bid and buy at auctions and a battle of the food trucks featuring gourmet foods from local restaurants.
“We want to take this up a notch and make it new and modern with all those elements of shows that people are used to going to, making it a little bit more upscale,” said Ms. Capes. “We think this appeals to a huge audience; a really broad spectrum of designers, collectors, browsers, hoarders – you name it – it would appeal to everyone.”
A major component of the event will also be community sponsorship and involvement. Local companies, businesses and vendors will have the opportunity to sponsor everything from different areas of the fair (such as the car show, indoor antiques show) to covering the admissions for the guests and an overall sponsor of the show. Each sponsor will have their name displayed and will function as a major player verses behind the scenes.
“We are looking for a sponsor to pay the gate, so that entrance would be free,” added Ms. Capes. “We don’t want to nickel and dime people trying to get in. We want this accessible, not having to pay for parking and then entrance and everything else. If we don’t have a sponsor, it will be a flat fee per carload.”
The team has high hopes for the event and would like to see it grow and become something that is not only enjoyable, but has a large, economic impact on Orangeville, Hockley and the surrounding areas.
“Partners will be involved in what we are doing and we want to have them benefit as much as our vendors will be,” said. Mr. Nicols. “We want everyone, partners, vendors and guests, to walk away at the end of the day saying that was an amazing amount of fun and that they can’t wait for the next one.”
For more information you can visit the event website at www.hockleyantiquesfair.com.
Written by Tabitha Venasse