Final Antique Mechanical Fair in Lorneville successful

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'A good year to hang it up'

The 15th Antique Mechanical Fair in Lorneville was the last as organizer Pauline Verstraten has decided not to host a 16th show next year.

The 15th Antique Mechanical Fair in Lorneville was the last as organizer Pauline Verstraten has decided not to host a 16th show next year. Verstraten said the show was very successful again this year.

By Mitchell Peters

LORNEVILLE- The fifteenth and final Antique Mechanical Fair went off without a hitch.

“It’s going to be the fifteenth and final, we decided it’s a good year to hang it all up.” said event organizer Pauline Verstraten.

Verstraten and her husband have been hosting the fair on their farm since the event began and it has managed to attract more visitors each year.

“We have had nothing but good days, and in fifteen years we have never been rained out,” she said.

“It’s more of a heritage day. It’s to let people take a look back and learn their history. We try to make it a community thing.”

There were pies being sold, by the United Church and the proceeds went to charity. There was a blacksmith, and other artisans like Gordon Smith from the Antique Tractor and Engine club who had “Seventy saws on display and a collection of 120 in total,” said Smith.  

There was even a woodlot for the third year in a row. Verstaten said that the last couple years have managed to attract as many as 500 to 600 people and attracted participants from all over the Maritimes.

They have always kept admission free and began the event in the front part of their farm, but as the event grew it took up more and more space every year.

Organizations: United Church

Geographic location: Lorneville

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