Family Day carnival a huge hit at Bruce County Museum

Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre (BCM&CC) in Southampton appeared to have one of the busiest Family Days ever held as evidenced by the crowds of people.

The Museum held its first Family Day Carnival sponsored by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and that was filled with activities for every age.

From games to the inter-active exhibits, it was a hands-on day of experiences.

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The train/railroad exhibit gave young and not-so-young, the opportunity to learn the history of the trains that ran through the region and also the chance to learn what was actually involved in operating trains.  Experienced model train experts demonstrated and taught visitors through hands-on learning how to operate a train that included switching and hooking up and disembarking cars.

Volunteer Randy Schnaar demonstrated the switching technique to a young ‘engineer’
(L) Mike Pickup and Steve Hoshel taught the intracies of train operation








The life-sized replica of the H.M.S. General Hunter warship of 1812 welcomed visitors aboard to experience what it was like to sail the Great Lakes, fire a cannon and learn about the shipwreck of the Hunter that was discovered and uncovered and that remains today under the sands of the Southampton beach.


‘Bosun’ Rob Campbell pointed out       features on the General Hunter
  Ellie Cabral tried on the           soldier uniform …



‘In the trenches’ gave everyone a first-hand view of what it was like during the Great War for the young soldiers who left Bruce County to fight for freedom.  It was a chance to try on an actual soldier’s uniform and smell what it would have been like in the trenches.


It was a full day filled with activities where visitors also enjoyed a delicious BBQ lunch of burgers, hotdogs and peameal on a bun provided by Southampton Rotary.


              From the outside to inside, Southampton Rotary’s BBQ lunch was a definite hit
             At the Rotary grill were  (L) Jeremy Kranenburg, Ken Dolbeck and Pat O’Connor

Following lunch, it was showtime with the Canadian four-time holder in Guiness Book of Records, Lucas Wilson.  Wilson is a master illusionist and the capacity crowd in the Bruce Power Theatre were agog at his feats of ‘magic’.  He is the record holder for straight-jacket escapes from being chained to upside down and under water and was a recipient of funding at the television series, the Dragons’ Den.