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Ingersoll, Ontario

Ingersoll (2006 population 11,760) is a town in Oxford County on the Thames River in southwestern Ontario, Canada. The nearest city is Woodstock, Ontario to the east, with Tillsonburg, Ontario to the south and London to the west.

Ingersoll is situated north and near Highway 401. Oxford County Road 119 (formerly Ontario Highway 19) serves the town. The local high school is Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute.

The town was founded by Thomas Ingersoll (Laura Secord's father) as Oxford-on-the-Thames. The town was later renamed Ingersoll in his honour.

The area was well known for cheese production, and was home to the first such factory in Canada from approximately 1840. In 1866, a giant block of cheese weighing was produced at the James Harris Cheese Factory for promotion of the town's cheese industry. The "Big Cheese" was exhibited in England and in the United States at the New York State Fair in Saratoga.

Ingersoll is the hometown of Canadian author David Manicom.

Heavy manufacturing is currently Ingersoll's largest industry, including manufacturers such as CAMI Automotive, a 50–50 joint venture between Suzuki and General Motors of Canada Ltd..

Ingersoll is home to the annual Ribfest, a local rib cook-off, , as well as The Ingersoll Harvest Festival, The Canterbury Folk Festival, and The Winter Lights Festival. Ingersoll is a regular participant in the Communities in Bloom program.

Ingersoll is home to the Fusion Youth Centre, a municipally funded, drop-in program centre that caters to youth ages 12-18. Located on Thames St., it is in the building formally used as Sacred Heart School. Fusion opened in 2006 and is continually growing in terms of programs, membership, and staff. Programs include, but are not limited to: Sew Kool, Cooking, Guitar and Bass lessons, Girls Group, Guys Group, Drop-in Sports, Gardening, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Jam sessions, Snack Shack, Art Factory, Jewelery University, Rebuild-it (level 1 &2), Photography, Video editing and many more.

The Ingersoll Youth Advisory Council (IYAC) is a group of youth assembled in order to provide input to Town Council on matters pertaining to youth in Ingersoll. Meetings are held weekly at the Fusion Youth Centre Board Room, and are led by the chair and vice chair of the council. One adult advisor is present at each meeting in order to faciliate and supervise the meetings. As of 2008, the IYAC has participated in the TORC conference, TYPS conference, and is planning on attending many more conferences that as pertinant to youth issues. They have initiated a Recycling campaign for Ingersoll, and have initiated a youth column in the Ingersoll Times, and broadcasted on Youth TV.

Ingersoll offers amenities to the public such as the Victoria Park Community Centre, Alexandra Hospital, ILERC, Ingersoll Support Services, VON, Oxford Child and Youth Services, Ingersoll Memorial Arena, Ingersoll Public Library, Ingersoll Cheese Museum, as well as many more.


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