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Arts, Culture and Rural Heritage

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Arts

Arts have long been an important aspect of our community identity and culture. Both performing and visual arts play a prominent role in Brockton's wellbeing.

• An annual Juried Art Show is organized by the Arts Committee and hosted in the Walkerton Public Library. This complements the Library’s Art Wall that provides space for local artists during four additional annual art shows.
• The Midwestern Ontario Rotary Music Festival, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Walkerton, brings in thousands of students and adults annually over the course of a number of days each spring.
• Victoria Jubilee Hall is home to a 300 seat opera house, which hosts a number of musical and theatrical performances each year.
• Pickin’ by the Pond Country and Blue Grass Festival, held annually in Cargill, is the area’s largest country and blue grass festival.

Culture

Our culture is closely linked to how we come together as a community. Community gatherings, celebrations, and events are an important part of Brockton’s identity. These vents bring residents and visitors together forming the cultural fabric and social unity of our community.

• There are Community Centres in Bradley, Cargill, Chepstow, Elmwood, and Walkerton. Each plays a prominent role with respect to community building – hosting gatherings and events.
• The Municipality has policies in the Walkerton Official Plan to work with community groups to promote festivals and events, as well as to improve the infrastructure needed to host such events.
• The top three attended events in Walkerton are Buskers Festival, Thousands of Nativities, and the Dirt Pigs baseball tournament. The annual Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Brunches in Cargill attract hundreds of people each year. Pickin’ by the Pond also serves as a very large draw to Brockton. In Elmwood, the annual Fun Fair draws a large crowd of attendees. 
• Brockton is home to fourteen active places of worship.

Rural Heritage and History

European settlers arrived in Brockton more than 150 years ago, and much has changed in that time. For instance, the scale and nature of agriculture – Brockton’s foremost past and present economic driver – has changed dramatically and the role of small villages as economic hubs has diminished. However, these stories and legacies remain in the form of built and cultural heritage, which together tell an important tale of Brockton’s roots and history. These cultural assets form the basis of Brockton’s character, and shape who we are today both as individuals and as a community.

• The restoration and preservation of the Victoria Jubilee Hall (built in 1897), overseen by the South Bruce-Grey Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, is an ongoing volunteer effort that began in 1997. It has consisted of multiple phases and countless hours of work.
• There are 38 heritage homes and properties inventoried (10 designated and 28 on the Heritage Register) by Brockton’s Heritage Committee, and approximately 200 more have been identified for further research.
• Driving and walking tours of the Municipality are available from the Heritage Committee that allow participants to enjoy some of the community’s many cultural heritage assets.
• Provincial, County, and local policies are in place to designate, protect, preserve, and promote aspects of built and cultural heritage.