Tri-County Heritage Club
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Officers 2019

Chris Talbot

Alex Bosley

Ray Smith

Ross Desjardine

Membership Chair
Ray & Barb Smith



Hank Arnold

Alex Bosley

Johann Essing

John Harris

Jeremy Robson

Andrew Paton

Chris Talbot

Bill Giffin

Bev Hughes


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 club sends out approximately 8 newsletters per year.

2010 Show Featured in Old Autos

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Annual Show & Events

Heritage & Antique Show -- second full weekend in July (12th, 13th & 14th 2019), at the Ilderton Fair Grounds featuring CASE lawn and garden tractors.

Grounds open Friday at 1:00 pm and the stock garden tractor pulls start at 6.00pm. The show opens 9:00 am on Saturday & Sunday.

Primitive Camping Available – free for exhibitors and $40 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).

The weekend includes a large outdoor and indoor (in the Agriplex) Fleamarket; Indoor Displays (including Ladies’ demos) in the Arena; Children’s Activities, a Saturday Parade on the grounds; Jamboree Music in the Community Centre; Fun Tractor Pulls; Sawmill; Threshing; and other demonstrations

There are a variety of food vendors on the grounds.

There will be a Saturday evening beef barbeque (advance ticket sales only). To order tickets contact Chris Talbot (519-659-4286). There will also be a Saturday and Sunday morning breakfast in the Community Centre, and a Sunday morning church service in the arena at 10.00am.

Admission:  Exhibitors free.  Spectators $8 per person, $15 per couple, children under 12 free.



Show Contacts:

President – Chris Talbot (519-659-4286)

Secretary – Ray Smith (519-461-1974)

Arena – (519-659-4286)

Flea Market – (519-659-4286)



 Mailing address:

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


2019 poster

Vendor Announcement

Vendor Form

Saturday Night Entertainment







Other Club Events


Harvest Days at

Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London, Ontario

 August 17th & 18th

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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