Heritage Day celebrates local history in its 33rd year at Niagara Christian Community of Schools

Celebrating local heritage and seeing old friends at the same time is something that has taken place annually for the last 33 years at Niagara Christian Community of Schools (NCCS), formerly known as Niagara Christian College.

Last Saturday was Heritage Day. Hundreds of people browsed vendors, listened to live music and bought some apple cider, among many other wholesome family activities.

Kevin Bayne, NCCS head of schools said there are several reasons why Heritage Day has continued to be a well-visited community events, lasting nearly three and a half decades.

Former students catch up on old times, and current students become active in the community they reside in.

"A lot of people are reconnecting and reforming friendships they made while being a student here," said Bayne.

Some students even started helping with the set-up at 5 a.m., setting up booths and tents with vendors.

"Our current students see this as an opportunity to give back by providing a great family day.

Don Baer, was at Heritage Day on behalf of the Niagara Antique Power Association, a group that attends fairs and events in the region on a constant basis.

He brought a collection of engines, including a 12-horsepower gas engine from the 1940s, which he explained was the last model made before most companies converted to electric power.

He said every event the association is present at has its own special story and meaning. He agrees Heritage Day is unique because it has been around for so long that it has become a part of local heritage.

"That's exactly what it is," said Baer.

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