If you are a classic car enthusiast, then Chatham-Kent should definitely be on your list of places to visit this summer. CHATHAM-KENT is the CLASSIC CAR CAPITOL of CANADA.
The first big Event will take place in our great area this weekend. The 16th ANNUAL RETROFEST FESTIVAL will take place May 25-26/2018. It is a nostalgic celebration of years gone by, featuring over 600-700 vintage vehicles each year. The event started Friday night May 25 when the cars and owners meet at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre on Richmond St. at 4 P.M. Visitors were welcome to wander around the parking lot for a preview of the parade. The Parade of Cars has a new route this year so be aware.I read that the cars will proceeded down Richmond St. at 6 P.M. to Bloomfield Rd. and turn left on the Bloomfield to the 8th line, down the 8th line to the Shadd Line etc. Watch for signs to direct the traffic. They will end up Downtown on King St, cruising the drag like the old days.The Parade Route is always lined with people who look forward to this spectacular show. Those lucky enough to live along the new parade route will have a birds eye view for family and friends.My wife and I usually go to the Bradley Centre before the parade starts and roam around, view the cars up close and talk to the proud owners.
On Saturday, in Historic Downtown Chatham, these special vehicles will line King St., allowing visitors a close up look and an opportunity to talk to the owners about their prize possessions. It is always quite a hub-bub of activity with the outdoor restaurants full, entertainment on the street and in the park, children enjoying the blow up rides in the park and delicious fast food at several kiosks. It is always a fun events so let's hope for good weather and plan to come out and enjoy! Last year was a huge success as you can see from the video. Each year just gets better!
While in Chatham-Kent be sure to visit other premier attractions, like our Chatham-Kent Museum which showcases the area's ties to the automotive industry.
1915 was the Gray -Dort 100th Anniversary Celebration which attracted guests to Chatham-Kent from all over the globe. As part of the celebrations there was an impressive display of the Gray- Dort Automobiles. These Classic Cars were manufactured here in Chatham from 1915-1925. During that time 26,000 vehicles came off the line and the 1919 Gray-Dort Touring Car has been named a NationalTreasure of Canada. The Company was the brain child of William Gray of Chatham and his partner J. Dallas Dort of Flint, Michigan. Another piece of Chatham-Kent' s Automotive History.
One of the newer events in Chatham-Kent is called 'Cars and Coffee'. This new Event has 2 dates. Saturday May 5/18 was the first and somehow I missed it, but the next one is June 9 at RM.They are from 8-11 A.M. at RM Auto Restoration 1 Classic Car Dr. north of Blenheim. It is 'an impromptu car show' and attendees are encouraged to bring their classic cars out for the display. It is also an opportunity to visit the RM facility, view cars which will be featured at upcoming auctions and tour the exclusive RM Classic Car Exhibit.
RM Classic Car Exhibit has over 60 rare and valuable restored vehicles for visitors to view. There is a guided tour of this ever changing display to enlighten and inform spectators and to allow them to get the most out of this amazing display of one of the world's finest car collections.
The 42nd Annual Thamesville Threshing Festival Parade and Car Show will take place June 22-24/2018. The Event boasts hundreds of Antique Cars, boats and tractors for spectators to enjoy at the Car Show and Shine to be held Saturday June23 in Ferguson Park. The first 100 entries receive free admission and a plaque. There will be a parade Friday night, at 6:30 to kick off theevent. This annual parade is one of the largest in Southwestern Ontario and brings thousands of people to Thamesville each year. There will be a Broasted Dinner and live music in the refresh gardens at Ferguson Park on Saturday. The live band 'Dirt Country' will be on stage in the Beer Garden at 9 P.M. and fireworks at 10 P.M. on Saturday conclude the event. Check their website for further details.
June 23rd is also the date for the Blenheim Classics Autoshow and Cruise Night and will no doubt have an impressive lineup of vehicles of all models and makes. The parade of cars will begin at 6 P.M. Friday Evening on Chatham St. South at the Glad Tidings Church. Automobiles must be older than 1988 and there is only room for 100 on the Main St. on Saturday. Check out their website for more details and to register for the Saturday line-up on Talbot St. in Downtown Blenheim.
On July 21/2018 the Mitchell's Bay Association will hold their 7th Annual Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Bike and Tractor Show (Pre 1997) from 11 A.M. to 5P.M. Trophies are given in all four categories. If you have never been to Mitchell's Bay on the shores of Lake St. Clair, this is something you do not want to miss. There will be foodand entertainment. Fun for the whole family. Watch my blog for details on this great 2018 Summer Event and check their website forfurther details. This little village is know to those of us who love it as 'the best kept secret' in Southwestern Ontario'I have sold several properties in Mitchell's Bay and the reaction from those who do not know the area is always the same. 'I did not know this existed' So treat yourself and make this a stop on your summer agenda. You will love it and I know you will come back! Next, for Vintage Vehicle and Boat lovers is the Annual WAMBO, held inWallaceburg on the banks of the Sydenham River. This event is the largest and foremost antique transportationshow in Canada with motorcycles, wooden boats, airplanes and firetrucks. This is something we attend every year and would not miss it! It is scheduled for Friday, August 10 to Sunday the12th. There will be aChicken Barbeque near the Library on Friday night, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, and then the Classic Car parade down the main Street. The Participants will meet near Harvey's on McNaughton Ave and cruise slowly down James St. to the delight of all, some honking and lighting them up as they pass, no doubt. Wander along the docks talking to some of the boat owners and enjoy seeing some Wooden Vintage Vessels after the parade. There will be lots to see and do! It is always a great time. If you have never been there you are in for a real pleasant experience. If you want more information, visit their website. Hope to see you there.
And also on August 10-August 11/2018, there is the Bothwell Car Show, 'Show and Shine' This is one of Canada's largest one day shows with over 1200 cars on display. It is also the largest Auto Flea Market around so if you need some rare parts for your vintage auto this is the place to go. Check their website for times and schedule as the date gets closer.The event usually kicks off with a Parade on Friday night August 10th at 7 P.M. and the event takes place inVictoria Park. Be sure to come out and include this weekend in your summer agenda. You will love it and I know you will come back!
Enjoy Chatham-Kent Classic Car Events this summer and stay in our newly expanded unique Boutique Hotel, the Retrosuites in Historic Downtown Chatham, one of our many hotels or perhaps a Bed and Breakfast for a memorable weekend in Chatham-Kent. Contact Chatham-Kent Tourism at 1-800-561-6125.
If you are not a car enthusiast, don't worry, these are just a few of the great events happening in Chatham-Kent, the Affordable Lifestyle place to live.We have something for everyone. Follow my weekly blog and keep up to date on coming events. If you are thinking of relocating, retiring, purchasing a vacation property or looking for a great place to raise a family, Chatham-Kent is the area for you. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage, proudly serving the people of Chatham-Kent in Real Estate since 1986. Allow me the opportunity to show you properties for sale in this great community. Visit mywebsite for choice CHATHAM-KENT properties for sale, events and additional information on this unique community. Our MOTTO IS ' IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR'
Business Park Development Sparks Interest in Chatham-Kent
I read an article in the paper last week about the new construction at theBloomfield Park Development along the 401 just outside of Chatham. I thought I would recap since many are not aware of the progress of the Development and what it can mean to our Community! The site of the Bloomfield Business Park and its location has been a topic of question for some Chatham-Kent residents for some time. However, Stuart McFadden, acting Director of Economic Development, is happy to report that interest in the site from new Business' is exactly what the Municipality was counting on and it is happening!
This is in part to the new construction of the impressive 47,000 square foot facility which will be the new home for IATGlobal The project is scheduled to cost $6 million and according to reports will be a gorgeous building which should attract other Business' to Chatham-Kent. IATGlobal combines high-precision machining business with automated manufacturing solutions. The Regency Group, which owns the company has 39 local employees who will move to the new site this summer when the project is completed.
Attracting interest in Chatham-Kent's location and Business Diversity was the Goal of the municipality officials all along. With 23 acres to be finished and 73 acres still available, Chatham-Kent is showing the Business World that we are ready for new development along this convenient corrider of the 401 HWY. The visibility is important to many Companies as well as the access to transportation and the 401 Highway. Chatham-Kent has a large farming sector but is can also be a very viable Business Centre as well!
Chatham-Kent is moving forward and our belief in our Municipality and its future is vital to our future as a growing thriving community. We all have to do our part. Positivity is contagious and each of us can be an asset to this development. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location. Visit my website for the Latest Chatham-Kent Events and Choice Listings for sale in this great area. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 RLP Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Inc.
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