The Venue

Centennial Park, Ingersoll

Centennial park is a picturesque park nestled between the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre and the Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum. The park is located at 290 Harris Street, just a short 1 kilometre drive from Highway 401 off exit 218 in Ingersoll. The Park features cheese themed playground equipment, a picnic area, the Thomas Ingersoll Walking Trail, Splash Park, the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre and the Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum.

Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre

The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre (ICAC) was started in 1972 by a small group of people who saw the need for artistic growth in the community. In the past 40 years they have grown into a unique organization with a membership of over 400 individuals, families and students, who actively participate in the multi-disciplined programs and exhibitions offered by the centre.

This 4500 square foot Centre includes a Fibre Arts Room, fully equipped Pottery Studio, Painting Studio, Exhibitions Gallery, and a Gift Shop.

The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre was established to provide the opportunity for creative expression and development of the people of the community. Under the instruction of highly qualified teachers and in an open, creative setting, people of all ages and economic levels have found a friendly, nourishing environment in which to explore this aspect of their “being”. For many, this has provided a very satisfying leisure outlet and for a significant number, this has been a “launching pad” for exhibitions, awards and recognitions. It has also helped many artists learn about and develop some expertise in operating a small business.

Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum

Imagine a wheel of cheese weighing 7300 pounds! The Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum shares this story from 1866 along with other interesting tales about the Town of Ingersoll.

First settled by Thomas Ingersoll, the father of Laura Secord, in 1795, the village of Oxford-on-the Thames continued to grow. Over the last 200 years, the Town of Ingersoll has been a destination for runaway slaves on the Underground Railway, and home to such notables as world-famous evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, the world champion husband and wife racing team of Harold & Lorna Wilson, and internationally renowned wood carver Wilson Johnston.

The Museum brings these stories and others to life through displays and demonstrations in seven different buildings on the site. Group tours, educational programs, workshops, special events and hands-on activities are offered throughout the year.

This is also the new home location of the Oxford County Museum School, and the Conestoga College Hydro Museum.

Cheese Themed Playground

Adjacent to the Ingersoll Museum is a cheese themed playground!  Parents can sit back on the cheese slice benches or relax near the gardens, watch the kids climb through the obstacle course, or head across Hall’s Creek for a walk in the park.

Picnic Area

Picnic areas are scattered throughout the park. You may use one of the many picnic tables available or just bring a blanket and enjoy your lunch while listening to live music and enjoying the sights during the festival.

Thomas Ingersoll Walking Trail

Starting from Centennial Park at the Cheese Museum, or Smith’s Pond, at Canterbury Street, this walking trail includes the Creative Arts Centre, Victoria Park and Smith’s Pond.  At the Canterbury Street entrance of Smith’s Pond, you can also cross the street and enter Memorial Park, which will lead you into the down town area of Ingersoll. This trail is flat and paved.