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Norwich Nostalgia Days July 7 & 8 promises to be bigger and better

By Jennifer Vandermeer, Norwich Gazette/IngersollTimes

The Norwich Business Improvement Association (BIA) has been busy this summer beautifying the downtown core to increase tourism. With the increase in bicycle tourism in Ontario and with the local population already visiting the core on bikes, it was decided to add these unique bike racks downtown. SUBMITTED

The Norwich Business Improvement Association (BIA) has been busy this summer beautifying the downtown core to increase tourism. With the increase in bicycle tourism in Ontario and with the local population already visiting the core on bikes, it was decided to add these unique bike racks downtown. SUBMITTED

There's so much activity jam-packed into this year's two-day Norwich Nostalgia Days schedule July 7 and 8, it's difficult to know where to start your downtown adventure.

Laura Barker, Norwich BIA representative, said the Friday afternoon and evening events on Main Street are sure to draw a huge crowd, as the “bigger and better” Food Truck Fest sets up between 3 and 8 p.m. to entice shoppers and revelers. To add to the atmosphere, there will be live entertainment with Farringdon Hill and The Murray Williams Band at the Norwich Junior C Merchants' beer garden.

At 7 p.m., a live quilt auction takes place, benefiting Victoria's Quilts Canada, which provides handmade quilts to people living with cancer in Canada.

There are also prizes to be won from 6-8 p.m. when the Norwich BIA will draw for over $2,000 in shopping sprees. When shoppers spend money anywhere downtown Friday, they will receive a ballot to win one of the sprees. The winner must be in attendance to claim their prize.

The Norwich Optimist Club and Norwich United Church is bringing the popular Downtown Kids Fun Zone to Main Street Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. and again Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The family fun on Main Street will also include the Norwich and District Museum which will be set up downtown for the Friday, but at the Museum on Stover Street on Saturday.

The Upper Deck Youth Centre gets in on the fun from 5 to 9 p.m. by offering a Family Escape Room.

At dusk, families are invited to pull up a lawn chair and blanket to watch the movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, hosted by the Optimists at Harold Bishop Park with free popcorn. Rain date for the movie is July 8.

Saturday offers another full day of activities, starting with the annual Kids Fishing Derby from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Norwich Conservation Area on North Court Street West. Ages 16 and under are eligible to participate. Entry is free and all participants are entered to win a canoe. Hot dogs, drinks and Freezies are available for $1 each. The derby is organized by the Optimists in conjunction with Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire and Bob Izumi Outdoors.

The Legion has its Nostalgia Days brunch from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Free shuttles will get people to the different locations around town to take in the classic car show at Emily Stowe Public School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. where there will be more than 250 vehicles on display. Vehicle registration is $10 per, but public admission is free.

From there, stop by Norwich United Church between 10 and 11 a.m. to enjoy the music of the Norwich Musical Society Band before visiting the Norwich and District Museum between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. There will be free tours of all the buildings on the museum grounds; hands-on demonstrations of butter churning, blacksmithing, quilting and weaving and a performance by classical strings group, Ensemble Cordiale, at 1 p.m. in the Gore Church at the museum. Free samples from the Oxford County Cheese Trail and free chocolate milk from Gay Lea Dairies will be available during the day and a special Canada Day 150 exhibit in the Meeting House.

The tractor show and games based at the museum will also provide some old-fashioned fun. Registration is at 8:45 a.m. and the games begin at 9:45 a.m. and wind up in time for a convoy to the Norwich Legion for lunch, before returning to restart the games at 1 p.m. Judging and prizes will be at 3 p.m. To get in on the tractor games, contact Clair Utter at 519-863-5033 or the museum at 519-863-3101.

The Legion has entertainment all afternoon and into the evening with The Legion Rocks. The bands set to play include The Rebneys, Waterstreet Blues Band, The Murray Williams Band, HogWild featuring Daryle Gratton and the James Cameron Band. Admission is free.