Tri-County Heritage Club

Directors  And Officers (2014)

Bev Hughes

John Harris

Acting Secretary
Dave Tate

Ross Desjardine

Membership Chair
Ray & Barb Smith

Newsletter Editor
Bev & Beverly Hughes



John Angehrn

Hank Arnold

Alex Bosley

Johann Essing

Andy Orosz

Jeremy Robson

Eldon Westman


Sunshine Person

Sharyn Fisher



The Tri-County Heritage Club had its beginnings with the Ilderton Centennial celebrations in July 1976.  A group of volunteers organized an historical agricultural display on the fair grou1nds for this event.  After the celebrations were over, those involved held a meeting to determine if they should form an organization to host a similar event each year.  There was enough enthusiasm to make application to become a chartered non-profit organization.  On March 25, 1977 the Charter for the Tri-County Heritage Club was signed by Sidney B. Handleman, Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations.  On May 26, 1977 the club’s official Letters of Patent for Incorporation were signed and the club officially appointed its Officers.  An agreement was reached with the Ilderton Agricultural Society and the Township of London to use the Ilderton Fair Grounds and Arena to hold an annual show on the second full weekend in July.  This arrangement has continued.



 The club’s motto is:   Help Us Preserve Our Past


The purpose of the Tri-County Heritage Club is:

a)            To hold and acquire artifacts of bygone eras, especially those artifacts used or manufactured for domestic and agricultural purposes;

b)            To maintain a museum as a depository for pioneer relics and artifacts;

c)             To promote public interest in the uses made by the pioneers of various artifacts, in domestic and agricultural use;

d)            To encourage research into the history of the Counties of Oxford, Middlesex and Elgin; and

e)           To encourage the preservation, study and creation of handicrafts of the pioneers of Canada and Western Ontario, and in particular of the said Counties of Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin in the Province of Ontario.

Membership (see application form, click here)

Annual Fees:

            $20 per couple.


            Ray and Barb Smith

            R.R. #3 Thorndale, ON  N0M 2P0

            (519) 461-1974



The club meets the third Tuesday of each month from January to June and September and October.

Regular meetings are held at the Ilderton United Church starting at 8:00 pm.  The March meeting is a pancake supper held at the Vanneck United Church.


The club sends out approximately 8 newsletters per year.

2010 Show Featured in Old Autos

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Heritage & Antique Show -- second full weekend in July (12th & 13th 2014), at the Ilderton Fair Grounds

This year’s feature is Cockshutt

 Click Here To Download The 2014 Handcard

 Click Here To Download The 2014 Poster

Grounds are open 8 am to 5 pm both days. Free Parking on the Grounds.

Primitive Camping Available – free for exhibitors and $30 charge for non-exhibitors

Displays include all brands of antique tractors, cars, trucks, gas engines, steam engines, lawn and garden tractors (must be 25 years and older).

Includes a Large Fleamarket, Ladies’ Program (Crafts, Fashion Show); Indoor Displays in the arena; Children’s Activities; Daily Parade; Jamboree, Tractor Pulls, Sawmill, Threshing, and other demonstrations.  Food vendors on the grounds provide breakfast and lunch. 

Saturday Beef BBQ (starting at 5pm). Sunday Church Service (10am). 

Admission:  Exhibitors free.  Spectators $5 per person, children under 12 free.


Show Contacts:

President – Bev Hughes (519-666-0452)

Feature – (519-285-5796)

Arena – (519-227-1129)

Flea Market – (519-666-1709)




 Mailing address:

Tri-County Heritage Club, 22679 Wonderland Rd. N., R.R. #3 Ilderton, Ontario N0M 2A0



Other Club Events

 Fanshawe Acricultural Fair in London, Ontario

August 16th & 17th 2014

Threshing, plowing, demonstrations and displays




Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London, Ontario        

Country Heritage Park, Milton, Ontario   

Western Ontario Steam Threshers Assoc.           

Ontario Steam & Antique Preservers Assoc.       

Huron Pioneer Thresher & Hobby Assoc. Inc.

Georgian Bay Steam & Gas Assoc.                    

Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Club. Inc.

The Bruce County Heritage Assoc.                     

Waterloo County Steam Threshers


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