This year’s Uxbridge Fall Fair, being held in September, will be the 153rd annual.
The Fair started out being known as the Scott Fair. In 1864, the Uxbridge and Scott Township agricultural societies amalgamated, to form one agricultural society. The annual fair was not known as the Uxbridge Fall Fair until 1967.
In the early 1970s the Fair was moved, from its previous date in October, to the weekend after Labour Day. In 1976, the tractor pulls were added to the Fair’s roster of events.
“Having been involved as long as I have, it’s the volunteers and the people that make this fair special,” John Park, President of the Uxbridge-Scott Agricultural Society said. “Our volunteers are a bunch of really hard working people. Some have been with us for a long time.”
Mr. Park added that new volunteers are always welcome.
Every year the Fair has a theme. This year, the Fair’s theme is “Made In Canada, Eh!” One of the new attractions is the “Great Uxbridge Carrot Cake Caper.” The object is to determine who makes the best carrot cake in Uxbridge. Your carrot cake will provide free entry to the Fair, on Sunday. There will be more than $110 in prizes entries.
This year’s fair also has a new midway provider and a new agricultural education tent.
“It should be a real bang up year, as long as we have good weather,” Mr. Park said.
Prince Albert United Church, a staple of the local community, celebrated its 150th anniversary last year with a full year of anniversary events.
The church, located at the southeast corner of Jeffrey and Barber Streets, at 23 Jeffrey St, was built in 1866. At the time the church was built, the community of Prince Albert was a thriving grain-trading and lumber hub.
The church has been part of The United Church of Canada since its inception in the year 1925. It usually welcomes an average of 20 to 30 worshippers every Sunday morning. The congregation prides themselves on being a ‘welcoming and relaxed group.’
Prince Albert United Church and Port Perry United Church also work together on various outreach programs in the local community and share a ministry team and an administrator.
For more information on the church, visit www.portperryunited.com.
Low's Furniture is the oldest family business in Uxbridge. The business started in 1860. It was Mr. McGuire, the maternal grandfather of John Low Sr., who owned the Uxbridge Piano and Organ Co. and also sold caskets and furniture from the original location. About 1891, they moved the business to its current location, at 76 Brock Street West.
John Low came into the business in 1917 and was actively engaged in both the funeral home and furniture store businesses until the 1950's.
Bill Low came into the business in 1949. In 1964 the original name of McGuire and Low, was changed to Low and Low upon incorporation.
In 1988, John Low, the fifth generation joined the business.
The staff at Low's, pride themselves on providing great quality and selection of unique furnishings at reasonable prices, with small town friendly service.
This year's celebration will be held at two locations. Chair Doug Elmslie said “We wanted to make the Celebration of this special Canada Day an event to be enjoyed by as many residents and tourists as possible thus deciding to bring a special musical afternoon to the centre of the Village.” The Official opening and cake cutting takes place at Garnet Graham Park starting at noon. There will be a bouncy castle, water fun and a new activity (cupcake decorating), from noon until 3 p.m. The new area will be on Water Street which will be a pedestrian only mall from 12 to 5 p.m. The main attraction will be a music fest featuring three musical groups starting with the 15 piece Northern Spirit band at 1 p.m., the 50 voice ReUnion Choir at 2:30 p.m. and finishing at 4 p.m. with a marching & concert demonstration by the Pipes and Drums of Lindsay. Guests will also be able to enjoy a free ice cream cone which will be available at Slices and Scoops from 2 to 4 p.m.
Saturday July 1st
3 p.m. - dusk Fireworks at dusk - come see our biggest display ever!
3 p.m. Activities include: Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Horse & Wagon Rides,
Face Painting, Bouncy Castles, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Rock
Climbing Tower and much, much more!
Live Entertainment throughout the day including The Kents,
The Anchors, Kawartha Kavaliers, Pipes & Drums of Lindsay.
9 pm The Kents
Saturday, July 1st
10:30 a.m. Annual "Vettes for Vettes" Parade
11:15 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
12 p.m.-6 p.m. Live music and entertainment all-day in Palmer Park
Kids' Zone featuring princess/superhero characters, magician,
jumping castles, face painting, and more
ALL DAY Tons of tasty vendors
10 p.m. Spectacular firworks show over Lake Scugog
Sunday, July 2nd
9:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at the Latcham Centre
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children's entertainment featuring Zoo to You, The First Act
Travelling Troupe, Terri & Rick, and Bumbling Bert
12:30 p.m. Scavenger Hunt Finale - Questions will be posted online and in
the Township offices at 10 a.m. on June 30
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge is the place to be this Canada Day, with non-stop events, all weekend long.
Several volunteers and community groups throughout Uxbridge have come together to make Canada’s 150th birthday the best one yet.
The festivities start June 30th at the Thomas Foster Memorial, with an all Canadian Concert, there will be live performances featuring Canadian music from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“The performers are superb and excellent. They are pros,” said Bev Northeast, organizer of the concert.
There will be three performers, Marie Lynn Hammond, a French-Canadian signer; Raven, who is an Aboriginal musician; and Brian O’Sullivan, who will be playing British Isles Celtic music.
The event is free to enter. “Our admission is a donation at the door,” Mrs. Northeast said.
The following day, there is a Heritage Parade starting at 3:30 p.m., outside of the Uxbridge Arena and travelling down Brock Street.
Elements of each decade from 1867 to 2017, will be represented throughout the parade.
“The parade shows what’s happened over the last 150 years starting at the front with our oldest business in the town of Uxbridge, Low & Low. It has been here since 1860,” said parade organizer, and regional councillor, Jack Ballinger.
There will be historic vehicles, military equipment, costumes, an M4 Sherman Tank driving along the parade, and live bands playing.
“The kids will be exposed to things they heard about in school but [have] never seen,” said councillor Ballinger. “They’ll get a chance to see the mounted police all dressed up and they’ll get a chance to see a real tank from the second world war.”
The parade will be featuring music from each era, and multi-cultural or historic costumes are encouraged for attendees.
After the parade the celebrations continue in Elgin park, where there will be a Hands-On-Exotic animal presentation, where participants of all ages can get up close with a variety of animals. There will also be animal balloons, Sparky and his friends from the fire department, a miniature train to ride, and the Superman show.
Following the festivities in Elgin Park, is the “Rock The Bridge” talent show, starting at 5:30. Contestants will be competing for a cash prize of $1,000.
The Country Music Association of Ontario’s 2016 Female Artist of The Year and Uxbridge native, Leah Daniels, will be hosting, as well as performing at the show.
“I would encourage people to come and enjoy the music,” Leah said. “You’re going to be supporting local artists. There is a wide variety of genres and ages. It’s going to be a great show. The town is unbelievable.”
Of 28 entrees to compete in the talent show, eight were selected to perform.
The event is open to all and has performers from ages 12 to 34.
Leah’s band will be backing up all the performers, as they play a song of the performer’s choice. Ms. Daniels says she will be performing her own original music to close out the show.
“It’s going to be an amazing day they have so much planned,” Leah said.
After the talent show, beginning at 7:00 p.m. are the official Canada Day ceremonies which will be led by the Legion Pipes and Drums. Local singer, Tanner Potter will then take the stage from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Following the performances is the Active 150 Medal Ceremony at 8:15 p.m. During the ceremony hundreds of township residents will receive medals for their contributions to Canada and the community.
To end off the night there will be a fireworks display set to music. The township of Uxbridge encourages all residents to come out and participate in the celebrations.
Since 1853, the Port Perry Agricultural Society has been running Fairs in Scugog.
That year, Reach Township set about creating their own Agricultural Society known as The United Township of Reach and Scugog Agricultural Society and agreed to hold spring fairs in Prince Albert and Autumn Fairs in Epsom.
In 1862, Utica held its first Fair and in 1863 a fair was held in Port Perry. In 1867, the spring Fair was cancelled, and in 1869, the agricultural society decided to hold all fairs in Prince Albert. In the 1870s, the property adjacent to the Paxton Tate Foundry was loaned to the agricultural society for use for the Fair, but following a major downtown fire, the board decided to move out of the downtown area.
In 1886, the present Port Perry fairgrounds were purchased, and were known as the Central Ontario Fairgrounds, but following financial difficulty the site was purchased by the Port Perry Council.
The site changed hands a few times with the Regal Packing Company purchasing it in 1900, but following a fire at the factory the site was again purchased by the Port Perry Council and they leased it back to the agricultural society.
In 1908, the society adopted the name Port Perry, Reach and Scugog Agricultural Society, and the society decided to hold all fairs and meetings in Port Perry. In 1943, the agricultural society decided to hold the fair permanently on the Labour Day weekend.
In 2006, the Fair celebrated its 150 year anniversary. As of 2017, the Port Perry Fair has been operating for 161 years. This years fair is being run from Sept. 2nd until Sept. 4th.
St. John’s Presbyterian Church on 319 Queen Street, has served the community of Port Perry for over 160 years. Thousands of people have worshiped at the church, including some prominent figures throughout history.
Dr. Herbert Bruce was part of the congregation and founded Toronto’s Wellesley Hospital in 1911. As well, he served as the chief of medical staff in the Canadian army at the beginning of world war one. In 1914 he became lieutenant governor of the province of Ontario and held the position from 1932 to 1937.
Another prominent figure attending the church regularly was, Dr. Herbert Bruce’s classmate at Port Perry High School and life-long friend, Edwin R Campbell. During the same year as Wellesley Hospital was founded, Mr. Campbell became one of the founders of Chevrolet.
He was the first known escape slave from the U.S to reach Port Perry in 1867, and he became a member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church. His name was Samuel Stoutt and he was a well-regarded member of the church. Mr. Stoutt organized the town band and led it in parades.
Local author and historian, Paul Arculus said, “He was an important member of the congregation at St. Johns.”
During St. John’s time in Port Perry it has seen many advancements, such as the addition of an elevator and updating of the north end of the church.
The churches current mission is to glorify God and bless others through worship, witness, and work.
The Wagg Funeral Home building has been in Port Perry for 171 years. It initially started out as a furniture store when purchased by John W. Davis in 1846. The furniture store served Port Perry for over 55 years. John also served as the towns undertaker, when he originally bought the building.
In 1901 the Davis family sold the furniture store to William Henry Letcher who turned the building into a funeral home. William eventually passed on the business to his son Merle Letcher. After the death of Merle’s father, he sold the business to Archie McDermott in 1934. Archie had a chapel added in 1951 along with a casket room. Four years later Archie became business partners with Art Panabaker. Five years after the partnership was made, Archie’s son, Grant McDermott bought his father’s share of the business.
In 1981 Harold Wagg, purchased the business from Art and Grant. He ran the funeral home for 9 years and retired in 1990. The funeral home was then sold to Myles O’Riordan who had grown up in Aurora, Ontario and worked in Richmond Hill, as well as Toronto.
After purchasing the funeral home, he moved to Port Perry and has resided here ever since.
Wagg Funeral Home currently offers funeral planning, legal advice, merchandise, concierge services, obituary tributes, and 3D crystal tributes – relief portraits of loved ones carved, reverse relief style, in a medium of acrylic crystal, illuminated by LED lighting.
The location of the funeral home is 216 Queen Street, Port Perry.
To make an arrangement or find out more about their services call 905-985-2171, or visit their website at http://waggfuneralhome.com/.