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Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 11:43 am, Tue Sep 28, 2010.

McFarland Living History Ranch seemed like a scene from an old Western during Sunday's Old-Car Show midway between Galt and Thornton. Fifty cars ranging from 1905 to 1941 models were displayed on the spacious grounds, with the restored 1878 John McFarland House serving as an impressive backdrop.

A majority of the entries were from the Galt-Lodi area. Acampo resident Dorothy Metcalf, who said she inherited her husband's 1934 turquoise Plymouth, said she brings her car to the Old-Car Festival every year.

Meanwhile, Lodi resident Clay Knittel, who entered his black 1932 Ford, said he enjoys driving the car around to picnics and other events. Recently, he took it to a wedding, with the bride and groom as passengers.

And to keep the ambiance historical, several Galt High School drama students dressed in period costume, acting as actual Galt pioneers as they walked around the grounds.

Patricia Garcia portrayed a woman named Martha Cantrell, whose husband owned farmland in Galt around 1870.

Justine Martinez portrayed Count Gulio Valensin, who owned 4,000 acres in Pleasanton before moving to Galt. Valensin, who was born in Egypt and moved to Italy, owned Sydney, considered the fastest horse in the United States. Samantha Fordis, covered with a parasol, portrayed Countess Alice Valensin.

Sidni Parkinson portrayed Elizabeth C. Fugitt, whose husband, Chism Cooper Fugitt, founded the town of Liberty, where he was the town's postmaster before becoming Galt's constable.

Students portraying William Fawcett and the Rev. William C. Steward also added to the ambiance.

While the event was to display old cars, it was also a showcase of McFarland Ranch and the house he built, which will soon become a museum.

McFarland, born in 1823, bought 3,500 acres in Galt in 1857. He gave Galt its name after the town where he lived in the province in Ontario as a child. McFarland also built the Brewster General Store, which still stands at the southeast corner of Fourth and B streets.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Pam Bauserman posted at 9:29 am on Mon, Sep 27, 2010.

    Pam Bauserman Posts: 12 Staff

    Teri, this car show was advertised in the paper three times in the last two weeks. They were all on the Panorama page. Once was in local ledger and then it was on the sneak peek on the Panorama Weekender page two weeks ago on Friday. Then, it was listed in the top five events this last Friday on the Panorama Weekender page. If you ever want to know about these local events, make sure to check the Panorama page. When we redesigned the paper, we specifically added the Weekender page so people would know what events were going on that weekend. We also had four photos of the event on the website. If you have any other questions, please feel free to e-mail me at pamelab@lodinews.com.

  • teri jones posted at 8:22 am on Mon, Sep 27, 2010.

    teri jones Posts: 12

    Wow this sounded like a neat car show. Too bad it wasnt advertised more or was it advertised at all? It is a real shame that we only hear of these events after the fact. My parents and I were looking for a car show to attend this weekend and didnt see it in any of the local papers... This isnt the first time I've had this after-the-fact experience either. It would be really nice if the shows were announced ahead of time, I shop locally and didnt see any flyers anywhere either! My folks have attended this show in the past and that is why were looking for it in the paper, they thought it was coming up soon. They also told me that in the past there was good food there too. Why is the reporting for this newspaper so poor?? Even this article seems incomplete with only a couple of photos and no mention of the food and other activities. It would be nice if this paper would DONATE more space to local events. I understand that most events do not have much money to spend on advertising. There could have been a much larger turn-out, as none of my neighbors were aware of it either and would have loved to attend.



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