If you are a antique vehicle enthusiast Chatham-Kent is the place for you. It is the home of RM Restoration which is world renown for their work in restoring Classic Cars. Chatham-Kent is known as The Classic Car Capital of the World and each year in May, Classic Car owners descend on the city for a Retrofest Festival. More than 600 Classic and Vintage cars, motorcycles and trucks attended this year. The event begins with a Parade along the shores of the Thames River on Friday night. Saturday from 10-4 PM the vehicles line the streets of Historic Downtown Chatham for visitors and car buffs to enjoy, ask questions of the owners and have a great time. It is a family affair and just one of the many draws this great community of Chatham-Kent has to offer. For a list of car festivals and other attractions visit my website under Chatham-Kent.
Continuing with that theme, the Annual Firefest event and unfortunately the last one, will take place this year in Historic Downtown Chatham between Second and Fifth St. this Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 10 A.M.-3:30 P.M This is the seventh year. The first Firefest was held in 2012, thanks to Brent Denure and a committee of dedicated citizens. Reg Denure is the proud owner of a 1948 International Firetruck which was built in Chatham. Brent says he has attends similar events throughout Canada and the United States and has looked forward to Chatham-Kent having such an event. As many as 42 vehicles were on site for the day at the first event in 2012 with a display of antique fire trucks, vintages emergency response vehicles and other fire related items. Mayor Randy Hope said the event was a great complement to the city's well established association to Vintage Automobiles. Owners came from as far as Texas with vehicles dating back to 1915. It will be missed.
This year's Firefest is bittersweet according to Brent DeNure but said he was proud to be involved over the years. Co-founder of the event, Keith Chinnick says the committee wants to go out on a high note and is putting all they can into this year's planning. The decision was made to make this the last year due to the volunteer time needed and the 12 month planning that has to go into the event.The volunteers are tired and the sponsors are tapped out. Both men stressed that it has been a labor of love for all those involved but had to come to an end. More than 80 fire vehicles from Canada and the United States are expected to be on display in Downtown Chatham for the event.
There is no admission fee for visitors or entry fee for those bringing their vehicle. It is an exciting family event with a safety message. I do not know any child who's eyes would not light up at a chance to talk to a real Fireman and see the various fire trucks up close. It is a dream come true for many young and old alike. I know our grandsons love it! Make plans to attend. If you have ever had any question about fire lore this is the chance to talk to the experts.In addition to the King St. display of antique fire trucks and emergency vehicles, Firefest includes fire safety demonstrations, CK Fire and Emergency Services Auto Extrication, live entertainment and even a parade a 4 P.M. Visit their website for a schedule of events.
The event is definitely gathering momentum and last year 2015, the fourth annual Chatham-Kent Firefest, already the largest event of its kind in Canada got even bigger. One of the most popular attractions at the event is the Junior FIRE Challenge Course. Children, 12 years and younger were eager to participate. The Course mimicks a real fire scene, and the junior firefighters carry hoses, shoot water and drag a rescue dummy while dressed in firefighter gear. Close to 70 Vintage Fire Trucks and Emergency Service Vehicles were on hand and this year promises to be bigger and better.It is expected to attract close to 100 vintage emergency vehicles and upward of 15,000 people. The event attracts hundreds of spectators of all ages.
This year 2016 although the Firefest event is Saturday Sept 17, there is a special kick-off planned for Friday Set. 16 from 5-9 P.M. in Thamesville. The Firefest Committee has partnered with i-Maze in Thamesville which has created a 10 acre corn maze shaped like a vintage 1927 Stewart Fire Truck. Bring the children. They will love it! Free refreshment and a display of some of the Vintage Fire Trucks.
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