162yearold Donnybrook Fair small but very mighty

Susan Platteeuw sits with her 1932 McLaughlin Buick at the car show on Sunday during the Donnybrook Fair. ASHLEY TAYLOR The car show at Donnybrook Fair featured many classic vehicles. ASHLEY TAYLOR This year’s fair included a bigger demolition derby, a tractor show, axe throwing and entertainment by local magician Lucas Wilson.“Every year we try to have something different,” said Matthews.Local schools bring in the artwork of their students to have on display during the fair.“They’re very dedicated to sending art to us; the teachers are really great,” said Matthews. “We also receive a lot of home crafts, baking, quilting and stuff like that. There’s prize money for it so it’s really great.”A tug of war event Sunday morning drew teams from five local schools, with Walsh Public School finishing first. Also participating were Port Rowan Public School, St. Bernard of Clairvaux School, West Lynn Public School and St. Frances Cabrini School. Cam Smith shows off his 1974 Monte Carlo at the Donnybrook Fair car show on Sunday. ASHLEY TAYLOR jpg, BR jpg, BR WALSH While it has been going on for 162 years, the Donnybrook Fair still attracts newcomers.“What a cute small fair,” said Simcoe native Beth Murdoch, who spent Sunday morning with her two sons at the Walsh fairgrounds.“We’ve lived here all of our lives and have never been.”The fair is always finding ways to improve, with new attractions added each year.“We’re a small fair but we’re very mighty,” said Lynda Matthews, secretary-treasurer of the Charlotteville Agricultural Society, which runs the two-day fair.“We’ve been here for a long time and there’s a lot of history.” jpg, BR A large portion of the fairgrounds was taken over with classic cars.“Every year the car show gets bigger and bigger,” said Matthews. “Sometimes we have to turn cars away because that’s how big it gets.”astaylor@postmedia.com

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