Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Art, history and culture came together in magnificent form over the weekend and an estimated crowd of 40,000 people came to Amherstburg to enjoy it.
The Roots to Boots Festival was held Friday through Sunday and people far and wide came to town for the event and for a step back to the 1812 period. The festival was to mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and to celebrate peace with the United States that has existed since then.
The organizing committee and volunteers need to be congratulated for stepping up, developing and presenting this once-in-a-lifetime event. There is never going to be another bicentennial for the War of 1812 again and this festival was something that many are going to remember for years and years.
The sponsors and funding partners are also thanked for stepping up and working with the committee as well. There was a ton of work that went into the festival but Roots to Boots couldn’t have happened without healthy infusions of cash along the way.
The re-enactors and historians did one heck of a job over the weekend, regardless of where they were from and what group they were representing. Local residents and visitors alike learned history through battles and lectures. From former Fort Malden superintendent Dennis Carter-Edwards to the Provincial Marine as well as the hundreds of others, the history of Amherstburg came alive.
But most of all, what made the Roots to Boots Festival was the public. It was impressive to see the various sites and attractions packed with people and that is really what made the festival special. Many things happened over the weekend, but if no one showed up it would have been all for naught. People did show up, however, and most left with smiles on their faces.
In this War of 1812 Bicentennial year, Amherstburg came through big time so congratulations to all who presented and attended the Roots to Boots Festival.