The Chateauguay Valley Antique Association’s annual antique show and tractor pull will be taking place on the 1st Concession in Rockburn on the weekend of August 26. Admission is $5, and it’s free for children under the age of 12. The theme for this year’s event is Books, Book Repair, and Toys.
The CVAA’s president, Judy Maither, has been with the organization since the beginning and is thrilled with how much it has grown. “It’s been satisfying to see it grow into what it is today. The first year it was not very big; we didn’t have the tractor pull the first couple years. When we started that, it brought in more people and more spectators.” She mentions that the car show has also expanded in the past few years and has become extremely popular. This year, the car show will be on both days; the antique tractor pull will take place on Saturday, and the garden tractor pull on Sunday.
As usual, there will be an antiques auction and a large flea market. “The flea market has grown a lot over the years as well. There’s a variety of arts and crafts and antique items available for sale. And the auction this year is on for two days… There’s apparently some really good items available for sale at that as well,” Maither says. On the site you can also visit “a log cabin, an old church, an old barn that’s filled with tools, and a general store.”
For Maither, events like this are great “to get everybody together and work together.” It’s important for her “to preserve the old machinery and vehicles. And even the old toys. I was just down at the store and there’s dolls and games. It’s nice to see that people still preserve that stuff and take it out of storage every once and a while.”
Though there is a lot of excitement around this event, Maither admits that “Membership is not as big as it used to be.” The CVAA is always looking for members and volunteers. To get in touch and stay up to date, visit the website (cvantiqueassociation.com) or the Facebook page, where you can find more information and check out the show schedule.