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Clarington in Ontario.

 

Clarington is a municipality in Ontario, Canada in the Regional Municipality of Durham. It took its present name in 1994 after having been known as the Town of Newcastle from 1974-93. The name change was made to alleviate long-standing confusion between the municipality as a whole and the included village of the same name. Bowmanville is the largest community in the municipality and is the home of the municipal offices.

The name "Clarington" is a portmanteau of the names of the two historical townships, Clarke and Darlington, that made up the geographic area.

It is part of the Oshawa Census Metropolitan Area, and the Greater Toronto Area.

A major attraction in the municipality is the Mosport International Raceway (formerly Mosport Park), a multi-track facility located north of Bowmanville that features a 2.459-mile (4.0 km), 10-turn road course; a half-mile paved oval; a 2.4 km advance driver and race driver training facility and a 1.4 km kart track (Mosport International Karting).

Mosport Park was also the location of three major music festivals held between 1970 and 1980. The Strawberry Fields Festival held August 7-9, 1970 included famous acts like: Alice Cooper, Jethro Tull, Grand Funk Railroad, Procul Harum, Ten Years After, Lighthouse, Crowbar and Sly and the Family Stone. John Lennon was to be the headline act, bidding to gain exposure for his peace campaign, but after months of planning he backed out due to differences with the show's promoter. However, the event still used the title of The Beatles' 1967 single of the same name. Led Zeppelin were booked to play but also backed out.

Canada Jam was held August 26, 1978 and the Heatwave Festival was held August 23, 1980.

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