2016 Halifax County Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival

Model A Ford's Return to Heritage Festival in 2017


That is, Henry as in Henry Ford, and Lady as in Model A Ford.  The Model A Ford was produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1928 through 1931, and became known affectionately as “Henry’s Lady”.

After a very long run in the production of the Model T Ford, Henry Ford’s son Edsel convinced his father that it was time for change to keep up with the market and the ever growing list of new manufacturers that were offering potential buyers more updated and easier to drive automobiles. The Model A Ford was born in 1928 and was an immediate success. It offered choices in interior and exterior colors, was more stylish, and was easier to drive, thereby enticing more women drivers too.

On May 6, 2017, the Model A Ford will have another large presence at the Halifax County, Virginia Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival. The popularity of the Model A Ford, perhaps the most recognized antique automobile ever, has proved over the last five years the huge appeal of these vintage vehicles at the Festival.

This year will mark the sixth year that Model A’s will be at the Festival and in increasing numbers.  A large contingency of Model A owners will travel from Tidewater Virginia, representing the Colonial Virginia Model A Ford Club from the Virginia Peninsula made up primarily of members from Newport News, Williamsburg, Hampton, and other communities there, and the Cape Henry Model A Ford Club whose members are from Portsmouth and Virginia Beach and the surrounding areas on the Southside of Hampton Roads. The Tarwheel Model A Ford Club from Raleigh, NC may again join the contingency as well, and the local Virginia-Carolina Model A Ford Club will serve as the host club again this year. The Fairfield Inn Marriott located in the Riverdale section of South Boston will again serve as the host hotel.

Be on the lookout for the arrival of Model A’s to Halifax County on Friday, May 5. The Model A’s will assemble at the Fairfield Inn on Saturday morning and parade from there to the Halifax County Fairgrounds at 9:00 a.m. The public is invited to view their departure and travel along Rt. 360 to the Fairground, and of course attend the Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival where the public is invited to view the cars up close and talk to the owners who will be glad to tell them all about their cars and the history of the Model A Ford.

Again this year, Jim Bostic and his wife Sally, will lead the Tidewater group to Halifax County, about a 180 mile journey taking about five hours to make the trip. “We as the Colonial Virginia Model A Ford Club, as well as our good friends from the Cape Henry Model A Ford Club, are excited about making the journey to Halifax County and the Heritage Festival again this year.  We keep coming back because of the quality of the Heritage Festival and the great hospitality shown us by the citizens of Halifax County;  especially members of the Heritage Festival Committee and the Virginia-Carolina Model A Ford Club.   We are particularly grateful for the warm welcome that is shown us each year,” said Bostic.

Hugh Smith, President of the local Virginia-Carolina Model A Ford Club said, “ We as fellow Model A’ers and residents of Southside Virginia and surrounding areas, are really excited about the Heritage Festival and the part that we play in showcasing our area, and of course the Model A Ford. We are delighted that our out of town visitors keep coming back each year. We always have a wonderful Model A Ford Weekend.”

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  at 12 noon and runs through Sunday, May 7th.

The Festival features displays of antique tractors, cars and trucks, as well as a unique display of antique tools, many working farm exhibits, Classic Cars Cruise-In, unusual hit & miss engines of the past, and many vendors and crafts displays.

Featured attractions include a tractor pull, a quarter scale tractor pull, mud bog events, a display of vintage stock cars and much more. 

Local bluegrass and gospel groups are lined up to perform throughout the weekend and delicious festival foods, prepared by local Ruritan club members, will be available for purchase each day. 

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

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