The Chateauguay Valley Antique Association (CVAA) will be holding its thirty-fifth annual antique show and antique tractor pull on August 27 and 28 at the Rennie Farm, 1743 1st Concession, in Rockburn. This will be the first time the event has completely returned since the beginning of the pandemic. One of the CVAA’s founders, Judy Maither, explains that last year they did their best to have a show of sorts by organizing “a drive around the Valley, [and] some of us put tractors and machinery out on our lawns for people to look at.” But this year, the traditional-style live event returns.
A couple of things have changed since the last traditional show. For one, the flea market has become larger. Maither says, “The flea market is growing; there’s a lot of people,” and she wonders if it has anything to do with the Hudson flea market closing.
Also, this year there will be extra live music. “We’ve always had live music during the day on Saturday and Sunday, but this year a different band is coming in to start performing at 5 p.m.” That performance will feature Hemmingford’s Emily Triggs as the main act, with special guests The Co-Conspirators, in association with the Sounds of the Valley Festival.
Maither is hopeful for a big turnout, particularly if the weather cooperates. The event will feature many displays, museum exhibits, art, antiques, a craft sale, and more. She’s also hoping some younger folks will become interested in the event. “That’s our biggest problem… It’s always the same ones organizing and preparing, so it would be nice to start to recruit younger people.”
Admission for this event is $5 per day, $10 for camping, and children 12 and under get in free. CVAA memberships will be available for $10. Maither says it will be a day for people to “Get out and socialize,” and “learn about our club, what we do, and keep the knowledge of antiques alive.”