Wednesday, August 1, 2012
This is the weekend that has been approximately four years in the making.
The Roots to Boots Festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday evening and features a full slate of activities throughout the weekend. Well over 200 volunteers, many of whom will be in period attire, will be around the downtown core getting people into the spirit as the festival marks 200 years of peace between Canada and the United States in this bicentennial year of the War of 1812.
The listing of events, found at http://www.1812amherstburg.com, features an impressive array of events including concerts, re-enactments, genealogy exhibits, children’s activities, music, cricket games, equestrian, tall ship tours as well as “Tavern on the River” and many other activities.
There is also the Chantal Kreviazuk concert at Fort Malden National Historic Site Saturday night and the Bicentennial Parade Saturday morning just to name two more of the many highlights this weekend promises to have.
Events stretch from morning until night so people from far and wide will be joining the local population in celebrating the history of the town and the War of 1812 Bicentennial.
The Roots to Boots Festival looks to be a once-in-a-lifetime event that will capture the hearts and imagination of many. It is an opportunity to get out and enjoy the many aspects of our history and culture and simply to have a good time to boot.
With many of the downtown streets to be closed off to accommodate the festival, it is a good idea to get where you want to go early. There will be a shuttle service based at the Amherstburg Land Holdings land, owned by Honeywell, along Front Road North to accommodate local drivers while some coming from out-of-town will use the shuttle service coming from Devonshire Mall in Windsor.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy one of the biggest things to hit Amherstburg in years. Get out and enjoy the many activities, re-enactments and more that are coming this weekend!