DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The annual Heritage Days Festival returns to the Uxbridge-Scott Museum grounds this weekend, offering visitors the chance to experience life in the 19th century through an assortment of interactive displays.
The event, which is now in its 43rd year in the community, and was formerly known as Steam Threshing Days, runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, and features fun for the whole family in this celebration of Uxbridge's heritage and history.
All buildings at the museum will be open for Heritage Days and there will be displays and demonstrations all weekend, including a Kids Zone featuring many events, crafts, races and games.
As well, new this year is Re/Max hot air balloon rides on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, for a donation of a toonie towards the Historical Society.
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.
New this year at Heritage Days is the King Brewery Beer & Cider Garden, which will also allow visitors the chance enjoy live entertainment at the Gazebo.
On Sunday, an Interdenominational Service will be held on the grounds at the Fifth Line Church, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Also, on Sunday, there will be a cake cutting ceremony at 1 p.m., with the Uxbridge Legion Pipes and Drums playing to honour Veterans. As well, visitors can take in the 'Uxbridge at War' exhibit throughout the weekend, which marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.
"This year, we wanted to put an emphasis on our veterans and try to work with the theme of 'Uxbridge at War' and commemorate the service of those who fought for our country," Uxbridge-Scott Historical Society President Brad Buss told The Standard.
Back by popular demand this year are Military Re-enactors, who will 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 a real treat for everyone who visits," Mr. Buss added.
There are many other great things to take in as part of Heritage Days including: an Antique Cars Area and Parade sponsored by Williamson Chrysler, antique tractor and agricultural demonstrations, a First Nations lodge and exhibit, a blacksmith exhibit, a harness making and harnessing demonstration and a miniature railroad.
"We continue to try and expand Heritage Days and try to bring in new events and activities for the entire family to be able to have fun," said Mr. Buss. "We want to continue building on the growth we saw last year when we had a 30 per cent increase in attendance."
Admission to Heritage Days is $6 per person, with children under 12 admitted free. Veterans wearing their medals and/or uniforms will also be admitted free of charge, All funds raised during the event going 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 their web site www.uxbridgescotthistoricalsociety.ca/events/heritage-days.
The Uxbridge-Scott Museum is located at 7239 Conc. 6 at the corner of Brock St. and some residents may have to plan an alternate route due the ongoing roundabout construction at the corner of Brock St. and Conc. 6, just north of the roundabout.