DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The annual Heritage Days festival, celebrating Uxbridge’s history, will be returning to the Uxbridge-Scott Museum grounds next weekend.
The festivities will start on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m., with an event that is new to this festival, the Heritage Days Hoedown. The hoedown will feature a western style barbecue by the Meat Merchant, and there will be prizes for best western costumes. Rick Johnson and the County Jamboree will perform live. Tickets to the hoedown are $65 each, and can be bought at Williamson Chrysler or on-line at www.thornbury.co/hoedown. The event is open to people 19 years of age and up.
Coordinator Gloria Eng said the Uxbridge-Scott Historical Society created this event to give the adults their own entertainment.
“Seeing as this is our 45th anniversary event, we were thinking it would be great to have something for the adults,” she said.
The festival will continue on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. All the heritage buildings on the grounds will be open for viewing. There will also be a Kids Zone with crafts and games.
An Interdenominational church service will take place at 1 p.m., at the former Coppins Corners Historical Church.
As well, attendees will be able to pick up a Festival Passport and take part in a scavenger hunt around the historical grounds.
A horsehoe toss, put on by Bob Kirvan, will take place all day. For $2, attendees will receive three horseshoes. A pick up truck, tractor, and classic car show and shine will also take place on Sunday.
There will also be a new re-enactment group performing at the museum grounds.
Last year, about 700 people took part in the Heritage Days festivities, and Ms. Eng said the historical society hopes to see more this year.
“Last year, our event fell on the same weekend as 'Day out with Thomas', so that may have contributed to the numbers a bit. This year, we are hoping to have people come out and possibly increase our numbers,” she said.
Beyond all this, Ms. Eng gave a couple additional reasons for people to come out to the annuaal festival.
“The view on top of that hill, overlooking Uxbridge, is just breathtaking, and you realize just how nice it is over there (in Uxbridge). There are a lot of heritage buildings there as well that people might not know were there,” she said.
Ms. Eng also stressed this event would not be possible without their many generous sponsors.
Admission into the Sunday festivities is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under get in free. The Uxbridge-Scott Museum is located at 7239 Conc. 6.
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