Thousands of people descended on Battlefield Park in Stoney Creek this weekend to attend the happenings surrounding the bicentennial of the skirmish that gave the site its name.

The weekend's signature events were the re-enactments of the Battle of Stoney Creek, a key turning point in the War of 1812.

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In the early hours of June 6, 1813, British forces launched a surprise assault on American troops who had set up camp in what's now Stoney Creek. During the 40-minute clash, the British captured two opposing generals and forced the Americans to retreat. U.S. forces never advanced that far into the Niagara Peninsula again.

CBC Hamilton attended a re-enactment on Saturday afternoon, capturing photos of the big show, the local dignitaries on hand, and the makeshift pioneer village that sprouted in the park just for the occasion.