IT started out simply as a 'vintage show', a fundraiser for cancer support services, but Sunday afternoon proved to be much more than that as hundreds of families made the trip to Castlemaine for a day to remember.
Brainchild of popular Brackhill man Denis Tangney, Sunday's fundraiser was eventually renamed 'Family Fun and Vintage Day' and, thanks to the efforts of over 60 committee members, thousands of euros was raised for Kerry Cancer Support Group and Palliative Care in the process.
"The place was packed, the likes of which was never seen in Castlemaine, even in carnival time," organising committee member Pat Moriarty stated afterwards.
"The huge numbers were partly down to the popularity of Denis as well as the very worthwhile cause. A few weeks ago we held a meeting to find out who would be interested in helping and over 60 people attended, so it took off after that. We organised a number of sub-committees and everyone played their part," he added.
Denis, whose wife died of cancer eight years ago and who was last year diagnosed with cancer himself and is currently recovering, had originally planned to hold the event on land donated by his brother Jimmy. On Thursday afternoon, though, 'plan B' was called upon with heavy rain continuing to fall and up stepped Kerry Agri Business and Geaney Oils who allowed the use of their yards.
"We are grateful to both for allowing us to use their property at such short notice," Pat stated. "We received brilliant support from everyone in the locality and nobody refused us anything - from giving up their time, to donating prizes for the raffle. One man even provided a lorry load of turf."
Various types of vintage tractor, car and motorbike were on show on the day and opening the event was the Killorglin and District Pipe Band. Activities were for all the family and included bouncy castles, auctions and raffles while there were also demonstrations by farrier Philip Moriarty and sheep shearer Pat O'Connor.
Organisers now hope to make it an annual event and all funds collected will be presented by cheque in the coming weeks.