If Hockley Antiques and Automotive Fair planners have their way, this summer will mark the firsts of annual premier tourist events in the Dufferin County region.
For three days in June and again in September, the Hockley Antiques and Automotive Fair (HAAF) promises to be the large-scale multi-faceted tourist draw that will put the Hills of Headwaters on the map—at least, in antique-picking and vintage car circles.
“We’re making it a destination,” said Marc Nichols, HAAF president. “It’ll be a place for families to come enjoy themselves.”
Indoor and outdoor vendors will market their wares at the expansive Orangeville Agricultural Society Event Centre. The interests will be varied, from vintage automotive and motorcycle vendors, to a classic car show, and a show and shine event.
All aspects of antiques have grown in pop culture significance in recent years. The HAAF aims to build on that popularity with small and large antiques, jewelry, glass items, silver works, furniture pieces, and other collectibles such as vintage toys and clothing.
“Whatever you collect from thimbles to automobiles, it’ll all be there for you,” Mr. Nichols said during an official launch at the Dufferin County Museum and Archives in Mulmer. The museum and archives is the HAAF’s first official partner.
There will also be an educational component. Guest speakers will shed light on how to antique-pick, gain insight into auction smarts, and discover what to look for when shopping for antiques.
Spectators will be able to nosh on local cuisine and, another trend gaining popularity in recent years, partake in a Battle of the Food Trucks.
“We’ll kick it up a notch and have some of those gourmet food trucks,” Mr. Nichols said.
In keeping with the group’s intention to give something back to the local region, he said funds generated during a Chef’s Charity Dinner—which is to include fare prepared by renowned and celebrity chefs—will be donated to the Headwaters Health Care Foundation.
“The economic impacts of what we’re doing is very substantive to the area,” said Mr. Nichols. “Between us all, creativity-wise, it’s going to be a smashing event.”
For more information and to find out how to be a vendor, visit the HAAF website at www.hockleyantiquesfair.com
Written by James Matthews