|◘ Orillia Perch Festival||◘ Orillia Scottish Festival||◘ Vintage Auto Show|
When: around the second weekend of August (14th, 15th "ish" Check the DOMB site for schedule)
Where: Mississaga Street in Orillia (downtown)
The classic and vintage auto show in downtown Orillia is a busy weekend in Orillia. The influx of car collectors and enthusiasts floods the main street of town with people and cars, although these cars aren't being driven. They're being displayed. Orillia cordons off her downtown area and the traffic during this weekend is pedestrian only, making it a very safe environment to bring kids in strollers, toddlers on foot, dogs (and even pot-belly pigs) on leashes, and of course wheelchairs, scooters and walkers.
Karmann Ghia (aka "the Ghia"). There's simply no way to name all the models you'll find at this show. It does change a little from year to year, with some participants missing a show, and different participants coming in with their new "pride and joy".
Talking with the owners (who usually bring their family along) is as interesting as examining the cars. The streets are full of vendors, musicians, and visitors, and the downtown is filled with an atmosphere that wouldn't be out of place at an amusement park. It's just that kind of weekend. Saturday's are the day to be there - some arrive on Friday, and some may be there for part of the morning on Sunday, but all who are attending will be there on Saturday.
Honestly, if you are in this area on the weekend it's here, it's a must see, even if you aren't a car fan. Who doesn't love these old cars? As for me, this classic Mustang is probably my favourite - oh, not necessarily "this" one below since it's sort of a green/blue colour but if I could buy one, it would be bright yellow, with a black interior and a black top ... reminiscent of my cousin's very first 1964 Yellow Mustang - the first one I'd ever seen, and the first one I'd ever sat in!