Thanksgiving weekend in Hamilton will feature its fair share of fall-themed festivities, including lots to do for those who don’t celebrate the holiday. (Add that to your list of things for which to be thankful.)
Here’s a list of things to do in Hamilton from Oct. 11 to 14.
Rockton World’s Fair
It’s Thanksgiving, meaning it’s time for the Rockton World’s Fair. Now in its 161st year, the festival boasts a demolition derby, midway rides and a spelling be, as well as more traditional fall fair fixtures, such pumpkin competition, a pie-making contest and horse-riding shows.
The fair, located at the Rockton Fairground (812 Old Highway 8, Rockton) runs from Friday to Monday. Tickets for a day’s admission cost $13 for adults, $5 for children aged six to 15. Weekend passes are available, and cost $40 for adults and $10 for youth aged six to 15. Children five and under get in free. Parking is included in the price of admission.
For more information, go to Rocktonworldsfair.com.
St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church centennial
The St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church on Barton Street — one of the oldest parishes of its kind in eastern Canada — turns 100 this year. To celebrate, the congregation is hosting a festival three-day festival to celebrate, including Saturday night cultural concert at Mohawk College’s McIntyre Theatre. The program starts at 6 p.m. a will feature a special performance by Mayor Bob Bratina.
Tickets to the show cost $20 for adults and $10 for children and must be booked in advance. To make an order, call Vera Jovanovic at 905-664-9538 or Desa Gushue at 905-648-7181.
For more information, go to Saintnicholasbarton.ca.
Ontario Finals Rodeo
Following a popular debut last year, the Ontario Finals Rodeo is coming back to Ancaster Fairgrounds for the second time. The indoor facility will also keep you dry during the wet long weekend.
You can catch the top contenders of the sport at the recently built show arena. There will also be many “meet and greet” sessions, a kid's rodeo, food and vendors. More than 2,500 people are expected to attend the event.
The OFR runs from Friday to Sunday at Ancaster Fairgrounds in Jerseyville. Tickets are $17 for adults, $!2 for youth between 6 to 12, and free for 5 and under.
For more information, go to orarodeo.com
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts in Guelph
For Ticat devotees who are still reeling from the lack of a Labour Day Classic the team’s 2013 calendar, Monday’s game may help lift your spirits. The Tabbies are playing division rivals the Toronto Argonauts at the University of Guelph’s Alumni Stadium on Monday at 4:30 p.m. (It’s the Argos, it’s a holiday Monday and it's a home game — call it The Thanksgiving Classic!)
Tickets ranges from $42.75 to $106.75 each and are available at Ticketmaster.ca.
Hamilton Huskies hockey tournament
The 28th Annual Hamilton Huskies Tim Hortons AAA International Hockey Tournament takes place from Friday to Monday. 147 games are scheduled in four days to guarantee an action-packed long weekend.
The team will also be live tweeting the results on Twitter at @HuskieAAATourny, so you can be up to date no matter where you are spending the long weekend.
For full schedule, visit hamiltonhuskies.ca
Hamilton police remind drivers to buckle up this holiday weekend. During its Operation: Impact traffic safety blitz, officers will be checking to see whether car occupants are using their seatbelts.
The police remind the public that not wearing a seatbelt can result in a $240 fine and the loss of two demerit points for a vehicle’s driver.