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Spreading the joys of Old Home Week

An employee with Campbell Amusements hoses down the carousel Tuesday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Workers were hard at work in the heat to make sure everything is up and going when Old Home Week kicks off on Thursday.
An employee with Campbell Amusements hoses down the carousel Tuesday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Workers were hard at work in the heat to make sure everything is up and going when Old Home Week kicks off on Thursday. - Dave Stewart

It wouldn't be summer in P.E.I. without spending a day in Charlottetown for Old Home Week.

Charlottetown resident Colleen McCabe spent her summer days as a child at the racetrack with her grandfather.

She described that time in her life as “a lot of carefree days with family and friends” and wants to give a deserving family a chance to experience that joy.

For the second year in a row, McCabe is teaming up with Rob Roberts from the OHW merchandise shop to provide a family with entrance to the grounds, two bracelets for rides, candy apples, cotton candy, food vouchers, T-shirts and spending money for games.

“It’s just nice to give kids the experience that I’ve had going when I was a kid. I have no idea how my mom afforded it,” McCabe told The Guardian Wednesday. “We make a full day for someone who, without us, wouldn’t be able to show their kids the fun Old Home Week brings every year.”

McCabe said she isn’t looking for recognition or praise and encourages others to help those in need.

“We just want everyone to experience what we have growing up here,” she said. “I wish others who have a little extra would do the same.”

McCabe will pick a lucky family to give the OHW package to on Saturday.

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