Doctor’s Cove resident Andrew Donaldson has outdone himself with this year’s Fall Folk Art Festivity of Fun display in his yard.
Fuelled by his unlimited imagination and talent, the Shelburne County resident has created 47 scenes with 317 folk art figures he crafted mostly from apple wood and drift wood that are embellished with odds and ends too numerous to mention.
The scenes run the gauntlet, from a medieval wedding in his recently constructed gazebo, to local events such as the very successful River Hills Chase the Ace to axe throwing near the Barrington River – there’s a surprise around every turn.
This is the seventh year that Donaldson has decorated his yard for the Halloween season, growing the display every year.
“It’s fun,” he said. “I’m at a level now where I’ve got a lot to work with.”
Donaldson doesn’t charge admission to view the displays but does accept donations, which he donates to local charities. This year’s recipient will be the Barrington Exhibition Committee. Last year it was Barrington Ground Search and Rescue, who “went above and beyond” to help people during the draught of 2016, said Donaldson.
Hundreds of people visit Donaldson’s yard each year to view the display.
“The most people I ever had in one day was 600,” he said.
Donaldson’s Fall Folk Art Festivity of Fun display is open for public viewing daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. until the end of the month, and will be fully lit during the evenings from Oct. 28 to 31. His home is located at Civic # 3994, Highway 3, Doctor's Cove, which is about two kilometres west of Barrington Passage.