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North Gower Farmers' Market - opening day of the 1997 season.

June 21, 1997

Cutting the ribbon to open the 1997 season. Mrs Seabrook is assisted by Rideau Township Councillor Don Stephenson. At the left is one of the Market's key organizers, Marc Belliveau, and at the Right is the Market's chairman, Andrew Harkness.

Musical entertainement by the Country Aires. Present at the opening were George (guitar and vocals) and Peggy (keyboard and vocals) Tessier from Fallowfield, Rosylyn Acheson (fiddle) from North Gower, and Irvin White from Kemptville. Favourite songs? Peggy's is "Something to Sing About", and George's is "Storms Never Last". The Tessiers have been married 50 years, and have 10 children. The Country Aires perform all over this area, at country fairs, weddings and receptions, for seniors, church socials, strawberry socials, and have been doing so since 1968.

They don't make them like that any more. In attendance at opening day, and a tradition at the Market's openings and closings: some fine restorations dropped by to get us dreaming of another day. On the left is the 1930 Ford Model A Cabriolet owned by Jean-Réal and Simone Proulx of North Gower. They bought it in 1966 and have been driving it since 1984. The car won first prize at the Byward Market Auto Classic earlier this month.

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