The event has become faster than warm molasses, more popular than a root beer float and able to leap pot holes in a single bounce.
Every Ancaster resident who has grown up with Heritage Days has embraced it as essential to a welcoming community.
It would have made shop owner Bette Fraser, who first proposed the idea of the event, proud of how Ancaster Heritage Days has grown in stature.
“People keep coming out to it, even if it’s raining,” said Wendy Stewart, of the Ancaster Heritage Days committee. “During last year’s film screening it was raining a little, but about 90 people still came.”
For the second year in a row Ancaster Heritage Days will have a free movie night June 13 at Fieldcote. E.T.: The Extraterrestrial will be shown.
“We are trying to have new events for the 20 to 35 age group,” said Stewart. “We have something for everybody. There are a lot of events for kids, and their parents. We wanted to have something for those adults to encourage them to come back when they have children.”
Last year proved Ancaster residents love their parade. In 2012, the parade was cancelled because Wilson Street was being torn up. A year later, with Wilson Street better than ever, people came back in droves
“They definitely came back,” Stewart said. “It was great.”
This year’s parade marshall will be former Ancaster and Hamilton mayor Bob Wade. Also participating is Laura Fortino, a member of the gold medal-winning Team Canada women’s hockey team.
Soon after the parade ends, the always popular soapbox derby takes to Wilson Street, with CHML broadcaster Bill Kelly and Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson providing colour commentary.
Also returning will be KidsWorld from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. For teens, Theatre Ancaster is presenting a Teen Scene Stage Venue at the Old Firehall Arts Centre, where youths can submit a tape of their band, or if you are more athletic, take in the Kan Jam: The Ultimate Frisbee Game at St. Parish Hall.
Historically inclined individuals can take a Historic Cemetery Tour of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church led by historian Robin McKee. At the end of the fun-filled day, all members of family are invited to view fireworks at the Ancaster Community Centre beginning at 9:30 p.m.
New this year is Zumba, corner of Sulphur Springs Road and Wilson Street, in front of Old Town Hall after the parade. And if you’re hungry, dig into some wings during Wing Fest. While the event is still being organized, more information will be available on the event’s new website, www.ancasterheritagedays.com.
And if you still want something to do the next day on June 15, take a tour with local historian Jim Green on his Mr. Ancaster Magical Mystery Bus Tour and Tea through the town. Pre-registration is required.
Before the big weekend, the 31st Ancaster Mill Road Race takes place on June 10, and on June 11 it’s the Ancaster Community Service and Ancaster Rotary Club AM Golf Tournament at Copetown Woods.