Merrickville Car Show cancelled

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After a 17-year run, the Merrickville Car Show “Cruise & Shop” has been cancelled. The show, which was one of the largest in Canada, brought thousands of visitors to Merrickville every year.

In a presentation to Council in 2017, Doug Struthers relayed the results of a survey done by the Car Show organizing committee that showed how much of an economic driver the show was for the town. Most business owners reported that the Car Show was one of their busiest days of the year. They estimated that they had about 800 cars participating in the show last year, drawing around 5,000 people to the Village.

Not only did the show bring much needed tourists to the Village, it also raised money for many local organizations, including the Merrickville Fire Department, Merrickville Lions Club, Merrickville Daycare, and St Anne’s Church.

In a statement sent The Times, the Car Show organizing committee says they would like to thank all the people who supported the show over the years. “Every one of you made the Car Show a huge success. Year after year, the support has been unbelievable!”

Putting on a show of this size is no small task, and the organizing committee would also like to thank all the volunteers, merchants and restaurants of Merrickville, as well as the local charities who provided the show with food stands. Parks Canada was also instrumental in providing the perfect spot for the show along the Rideau Canal, and all the help of the Village staff was much appreciated.

It is unfortunate that such a popular and well-attended show is being cancelled.

Merrickville-Wolford depends on its events in the summer months to attract tourists to Merrickville and to introduce newcomers to the Village. There had also been a possibility that the Motorcycle Show would be cancelled this year; however, with the help of the new Merrickville United Arts Centre, it will be held on June 24.

The reason for the cancellation of the Car Show has not been confirmed. However, there is no doubt that it will be missed by the people who came from near and far to take part in the show every year.

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  1. EVERY YEAR OUR FAMILY OF TWELVE CAR LOVERS WOULD TREK FROM AYLMER P.Q. WHEREAS THE WOMEN WOULD SHOP AND ALLOW US ” REAL MEN” TO INDULGE IN AN INNOCENT PASSTIME. HOW SUICIDAL IS THIS WHEN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WOULD CONVERGE AND REMEMBER YOUR TOWN FOR ITS APPRECIABLE AMENITIES ONLY TO BE DISAPPOINTED FOR NOT EVEN BEING GIVEN A REASON FOR US TO RETURN. HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR FORSEEABLE GHOSTOWN .I BELONG TO SEVERAL CAR CLUBS-CRUISE NIGHT EVENTS AND THEY FEEL BETRAYED AS WELL AS ME!

  2. Oh no, I was so looking forward to going this year. I missed last years show. To think they would cancel a show like this that brought thousands of people and all the money into the town is unthinkable in this day and age. Seems like the town is not what it used to be. All the little craft shops are gone only to be replaced by clothing shops that although they have nice things, they can be bought in the city. I loved going and looking for little gifts throughout the year, all the handmade jewelery, pottery, blown glass, metal work etc. Very little of that now. And now the car show gone….. we dont crave going to Merrickville anymore. Used to go every few weeks to shop around and have lunch. I must say, I have not been there now since last fall and dont miss it. Now there is no reason to go to Merrickville. Time to bring back the car show and the crafts people, take the city out of the country and Merrickville will thrive again.

  3. Is it cancelled permanently, or just for 2018? In other words, will it happen this year, in 2019? It was such a lovely event – enjoying lunch there, all the cars, then a little post-viewing shopping at businesses wise enough to stay open after the final parade. (This family’s car nut is female).

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