UXBRIDGE: The annual Heritage Days Festival returns to the Uxbridge-Scott Museum grounds this weekend, offering visitors the chance to experience a wide range of local history through an assortment of interactive displays.
The celebration of Uxbridge’s heritage and history, which is now in its 44th year in the community, runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, and features fun for the whole family.
The event, which was formerly known as Steam Threshing Days, is looking to build on some great momentum from last year, and added sponsorship has allowed the Uxbridge Historical Society to add even more displays and attractions to this year’s line-up.
“We’re always trying to continue to add fun things here and there,” Historical Society president Brad Buss told The Standard. “Over the past year, we’ve doubled our corporate sponsorship, and it’s exciting to see people supporting Heritage Days and wanting to be involved with it. It’s a great celebration of Uxbridge’s history and that really seems to connect with people.”
New for Heritage Days this year will be an animal display from WindReach Farms, as well as a heritage blacksmith, who will be offering demonstrations on historical metalwork throughout the weekend.
All buildings on the museum grounds will be open for Heritage Days and there will be displays and demonstrations throughout the weekend, including a revamped Kids Zone featuring numerous crafts, races and games.
“We’ve tried to increase the family element, and our Kids Zone has a lot of cool crafts and other stuff that’s really interactive and fun,” added Mr. Buss.
Attendees can also pick up a Festival Passport and take part in a scavenger hunt around the museum grounds to learn about local history and win prizes.
Visitors will still be able to enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Thornbury Beer and Cider beverage garden, which has a great line-up of live entertainment scheduled to perform. In addition, back by popular demand, the Durham Region Dairy Producer Committee will be on hand serving up apple pie and Kawartha Dairy ice cream.
A horseshoe tournament will take place on Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Those interested in participating are urged to contact tournament organizer Bob Kirvan at 905-852-9176.
An Interdenominational service will be held on the grounds on Sunday at the Fifth Line Church, starting at 1 p.m.
Also back by popular demand this year are military re-enactors, who will once again be setting up a camp as it was in 1847 and offering a demonstration to visitors.
"The Lloydtown Guard are re-enactors of the Rebellion of 1847, and we're really pleased that they were able to join us again this year. They are always a crowd pleaser and were really keen to come back and be a part of the event," Mr. Buss added.
Admission to Heritage Days is $5 per person, with children under 12 admitted free. Veterans wearing their medals and/or uniforms will also be admitted free of charge, All funds that are raised during the event go towards the Uxbridge Historical Centre.
For more information on Heritage Days and other events at the Uxbridge-Scott Historical Centre call 905-852-5854 or visit www.uxbridgescotthistoricalsociety.ca/events/heritage-days. The Uxbridge-Scott Museum is located at 7239 Conc. 6 at the corner of Brock St.