70 Waverly Street
Phone (902) 447-3101
The Oxford Arena (Lions Recreation Centre) located on Waverly Street hosts
tournaments, recreation events, skating shows and much more.
Currently the town along with a dedicated group of volunteers is raising
money for renovations and upgrades to the arena. If you would like
to support the communities efforts by giving to the Oxford Arena Focus
Capital Campaign please call the Oxford Town Hall at
Cumberland County Exhibition
The Cumberland County Exhibition, under the
auspices of the Oxford Agriculture Society, has been operation since 1918.
It was started as a one-day show, changed to 2 and then 3 days and now
runs a full 6 days including 4H events. The Blueberry Harvest Festival was
added in 1988. The 15-member Board of Directors consists entirely of
The week-long Exhibition consists of various activities including a
queens’ pageant, talent show, various farm animals, 4-H day, different
displays and vendors and more. Several contests run throughout the week as
well as a parade to end off the festivities. The Cumberland County
Exhibition runs the last week in August.
At the June, 1973 supper meeting of the
Oxford Area Lions it was unanimously decided that the club would undertake
the project of building a Lions Recreation Centre in the Town of Oxford.
Following the collapse of the old Oxford Hippodrome rink several years
previous Oxford had been without a proper skating rink. It was decided
that a multi-purpose building should be erected on Waverley Street at the
site where the Oxford Hippodrome once stood.
On October 1978 total funds being realized were in the amount of $450,000.
Of this amount $135,000 had been received in the form of grants from the
Nova Scotia Department of Recreation, $31,000 donated by the Oxford Area
Lions and the balance from donations by nearly every person, group and
organization in Oxford and the surrounding area. Many local businesses,
contractors and citizens also donated the use of their trucks, dozers and
loaders along with the donation of supplies for the initial construction
of the Centre.
On Friday December 8th, 1978 the Official Opening of the Oxford Area Lions
Recreation Centre was held. At this time the key to the building was
presented to Mayor Freeman Porteous by Lion Jerry Burkhardt. Thus the
building was owned and operated by the Town of Oxford. Incidentally this
building was donated to the Town of Oxford completely debt free.
Over the years the Lions Recreation Centre has been used for hockey,
skating, carnivals, dances, horse pulls, Cumberland County Exhibition,
floor hockey and on and on. It goes without saying that this Centre is a
lasting monument to the presence of Lionism in the Town of Oxford. It is
through the enormous efforts of the Oxford Area Lions and the continued
support of the local citizens and businesses that this project was