2017 Halifax County Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival


Heritage Festival Committee member, Joe Foster is pictured demonstrating one of his restored and repurposed hit and miss engines.  Joe and other hit and miss owners will have a large display of small engines at the 14th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival May 5 – 7 at the Halifax County Fairgrounds. 

Hit & Miss Engines Return to Heritage Festival

The Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival returns to the Halifax County Fairgrounds May 5-7, 2017.

The Heritage Festival Committee is pleased to feature Hit & Miss Engines and Small Engines at this year’s show.  Once powerful work-horses, hit & miss and small engines provided much needed modern conveniences for farming families before rural electrification. 

Festival committee members encourage all area hit & miss and small engine owners to become a part of the festival by exhibiting their engines at the 14th Annual Heritage Festival.  All types of small engines are welcome whether in original condition, partially restored or fully restored.    For more information or questions about displaying small engines, contact Joe Foster at 434-446-4009 or n2oldiron@outlook.com.        

The Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival is a full 3- day event packed with fun activities for the whole family.   The festival begins Friday, May 5th at12 noon and runs through Sunday afternoon, May 7th.

                The festival features displays of antique tractors, cars and trucks, working farm exhibits, as well as an awesome line-up of Model A’s from three local and regional Model A clubs.  A Cruise-In is also planned hosted by the Tinkers Car Club of South Boston.  The display will feature dozens and dozens of meticulously restored classic cars and trucks exhibited by local and area owners.   

 Henry and Herbert Caudle of Virgilina will display their unique tool collection for the 14th consecutive year.  The twin brothers have been collecting antique tools for nearly 40 years and have been members of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association for over 35 years. 

                The Caudle’s also participate in the Mid-West Tool Collector’s Association Preservation and Education Committee and have won numerous awards for their collections.  They have also been chosen to host the Mid-West Tool Association’s annual meeting for the third consecutive year in the town of Virgilina.  The annual meeting, scheduled for April 22, attracts tool collectors from Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and South Carolina.     

 New to the show this year is the Halifax County Junior Livestock Show.  The show is scheduled for Friday, May5th  beginning at 2 pm in the Livestock Exhibit Building and will feature approximately 40 animals shown by 30 or more local children. 

  A special concert is planned Friday evening May 5 featuring The Lawson Creek Band.  The concert is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Plan to make an evening of it by dining on delicious festival foods prepared by local Ruritan club members. 

Many other local bluegrass and gospel groups are being scheduled to perform for the weekend.  Local groups interested in performing at the festival are encouraged to contact Kermit Wright at 434-446-5385.    

Other featured attractions of the Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival include a tractor pull, a quarter scale tractor pull, mud bog events, and the 3rd Annual Historic Racing Celebration in conjunction with the NASCAR K&N Tour and Southern Ground Pounders racing events at the South Boston Speedway Saturday evening, May 6th. 

Heritage Festival Committee members will be working each Thursday afternoon preparing for the festival and invite all those interested in helping to join them between 4 pm and 6 pm at the Halifax County Fairgrounds.  

For more information about the 14th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival, visit www.halifaxcountyheritagefestifal.org.  

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