Fenelon Falls 33rd Annual Car Show and Flea Market

Fenelon Falls 33rd Annual Car Show and Flea Market

Fun and families come first at the Fenelon Falls Lion’s Club 33rd anniversary Car, Truck & Bike Show and Flea Market.

Often referred to as the “Jewel of the Kawarthas”, Fenelon Falls is home to 1800 residents. For the last 33 years it has hosted the annual car show and flea market. Hosted by the Fenelon Falls District Lions Club it is a community affair. Current Lion’s President Jim Bellwood’s father was one of the original organizers of the event.

Jim was 8 months old when he attend the first Car Show. It is truly a family event for the family and for those that attend. Jim’s brothers Shawn and Andy as well as their mother are all involved in the show.

“Many of our vendors have been attending since the beginning,” said Jim Bellwood. “They haven’t seen any of us for a year, but come up and give us hugs and ask about the family.”

As well as vendors, many of the cars and their owners on display have been coming to the show since the beginning. Ken Woods’, Lindsay Ont. has attended all 33 shows. Ken will turn 93 years-old next month. Two years ago Ken received the “Roger Bellwood Spirit of the Event” award. Ken has owned his 1966 Ford Mustang for 13 years.

“It’s a good place to come,” said Ken Woods. “I get to shoot the breeze.”

The Fenelon Falls District Lions Club was chartered in 1974. They are actively in involved in fund raising for the Ross Memorial Hospital, provide bursaries and awards for the local schools, as well as assist people with special needs. The Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls were selling tickets on a 1971 Dodge Charger RT, 2 door hardtop with a 440 cid engine.

The Runaways Car Club for Women was formed 2 years ago by Kristiane Korton, Millbrook Ont. The club motto is “We are strong, compassionate and Car Crazy !” The Runaways Car Club is for women who want to be a part of the classics and custom automotive world. They also have the Lil’ Runaways for girls that have an interest in classic or custom cars, typically the girls are from car crazy families. The girls sell cupcakes, talk with other kids with like interests and most of all, learn leadership and how important it is to offer a hand-up to others in need. The charity of choice for the club is Make a Wish. The club sponsors a rev-up competition were entrants pay a $10 fee and have the loudness of their machines measured with a decibel meter. The loudest machine wins!

Let ‘Er Rip-Let it ROAR!

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story and photos by bill samuel