St. Thomas’s favourite festival is back! Iron Horse Festival takes place Thursday, August 18th to Sunday, August 21st on the Elgin County Railway Museum grounds. There is so much going on at the festival this year – here are all of the amazing events and activities that you won't want to miss!
There will be a Midway full of carnival rides for everyone from the extreme daredevils to the little ones! Take a spin on the festival’s many thrill rides, including Round Up, Scrambler, Frolic, Dragon Wagon Coaster, Hampton Cars, Funni Farm Fun house, Zoo Affair Spin ride, Merry go Round and more!
One of the best aspects of Iron Horse Festival is its continued roots to St. Thomas’s railway heritage. This will be displayed proudly as always, with free train rides running throughout the festival! There will also be access to the Railway Museum, BX Tower, and CASO Station, so you can fully immerse yourself in our railway history!
The Kids’ Junction is the perfect spot for families, with tons of fun activities like crafts, photo sessions, playdough, finger puppets, mother/daughter facials, and lots more! There will also be awesome entertainment from Billy the Magician and Studio Dance Pointe, so be sure to bring out the little ones for a day of play! The Kids' Junction runs August 20th and 21st in the Elgin County Railway Museum.
Returning to the Iron Horse grounds is the Psychic Fair, with incredible booths performing tea leaf and tarot card readings, plus tons of other fascinating spiritual activities! The fair takes place August 19th-21st, inside the beautiful CASO Station.
Each year at Iron Horse Festival, the Main Stage blows crowds away with astonishing live musical performances, and this year will be no exception. Every night of the festival will feature three performances from exceptionally talented musicians, which you can enjoy at just $5 a night. Performers include Hogwild, Mudmen, Bayou Boys, Point Taken, Doghouse Rose, ZED, Stanley Brown Blues Band, Dave's Not Here, and Thunderstruck!
Iron Horse's Community Stage allows you to enjoy live music from local artists, all for free! Check out the stage everyday for fantastic performances from Chris Casserly & the Keepsakes, Justin Maki, Kerri Manning, Nimway, Butch Haller, Counting Down Hours, Last Highway, The Shangles, MCGF, Jetfighter, Black Frame Spectacle, The Outcasts, Jerome Thomas, and John Milles.
Kicking off the festival on August 18th, FreshFest is a celebration of Elgin County’s culinary finesse. Find bliss in the taste of appetizers produced by stellar local sources like Cafe Siam, Salt and Pepper, and Rail City Bistro, while sipping craft beer from Railway City Brewing, wine from Quai du Vin, or coffee from Las Chicas del Cafe - to name just a few of the choices! The night will be paired beautifully with great live music and the unique environment of the Railway Museum, creating the perfect night for every food-lover.
Roots, Brews, and BBQ helps to wrap up the festival on Sunday, August 21st, and there’s no better way to do so. Listen to live Roots music, taste the refreshing creations of regional craft breweries, and watch amateur bbq teams! There does not exist a more perfectly paired fusion than what Roots, Brews, and BBQ brings.
There is something for everyone at this year’s Iron Horse Festival, so come out and be a part of making it the best one yet!
Get your tickets for the Main Stage, Fresh Fest, and Roots, Brews, and BBQ online at www.ironhorsefestival.com
OR from the following locations: CASO Station, Elgin County Railway Museum, Railway City Brewing, Railway City Tourism, or The Wine Station. Tickets are also available at the door.
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