He’s a blacksmith who made his living as a shoemaker in a town with a long history of horse racing, but Dave Murray’s talent for working with horseshoes was shown in a different way. at the 2022 Fort Erie Conservation Club Fall Fair on Saturday.
At one of the many vendor booths outside the club’s main building in Stevensville, Murray had horseshoe creations, including unique wine racks for sale.
The blacksmith, who worked at the Fort Erie racetrack paddock, said his new business Hoofprint Horseshoe Crafts started a few years ago when a lady called him asking if there was anything he could do as she saw on Pinterest, and that’s exactly what he did using horseshoes.
“That’s what started,” he said. “Now I get emails every day. There are hundreds of thousands of things you can craft with horseshoes.
Children including Joel and Allison Reinhardt from Ridgeway tried their hand at painting birdhouses at the event, while volunteers from the Bert Miller Nature Club put on an exhibit with molds of different animal tracks and guitarist Ken Musson entertained crowds with Elvis. ‘ ‘Don’t be Cruel’ and other hits from The King.
Inside the conservation club building, people chomped on handmade cabbage roll, vegetable and red pepper soup and giant sausages on a bun handed out by volunteers in the kitchen.
Club president Connie Charron said the return of the annual fall fair after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic has not been without its challenges.
“We’re happy to be back, but it’s hard to remember everything,” she said. “But we did it together. It’s good to see the turnout we have. »