2018 Halifax County Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival

Model A Ford's Return to Heritage Festival in 2018

AHOOGA……..A Convoy of Model A Fords Are Coming to Town!

Ahooga-Ahooga!!! Know what this is? It’s the distinctive and exclusive sound of the horn on a Model A Ford. And, many of them will roll into Halifax County to attend the 15th Annual Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival this year.  This will be the seventh year the Model A Ford has participated in the Festival.

Two Model A Ford clubs will be arriving from out of town and be joined by local Model A Ford Club members on Friday, May 4th and remaining in Halifax County for the entire weekend. The Model A Ford was produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1928 to 1931 and is probably the most recognized antique automobile in the world. It is certainly a part of the heritage of Halifax County.

The local Virginia Carolina Model A Ford Club, the Colonial Virginia Model A Ford Club from the Williamsburg area in Tidewater, and the Cape Henry Model A Ford Club from the Virginia Beach area will again come together in Halifax County to enjoy what the clubs’ bill as the “Model A Ford Weekend” with the primary emphasis on participation in the Halifax County Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival. As in the past, other venues in the county will be showcased to the out of town visitors, in particular, as well as to local club members.

This year they will be hosted by Gary and Julie Holmes at Shangrila Guest Ranch following participation at the Heritage Festival. The Fairfield Inn in Riverdale will again serve as the host hotel. Thirty or more of these vintage automobiles will be on display at the Heritage Festival on Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Meticulously restored Model A’s are attention grabbers wherever they go and have been a big hit at the Festival each year. Attendees to the Festival will be able to view the Model A’s up close and talk to the owners about their vehicles and their passion for these cars that they have fondly restored. The out of town Model A’s will make the 180- mile trip from Tidewater to Halifax County cruising at the breakneck speed of 45 miles per hour.

The local Virginia Carolina Model A Ford Club, led by President Barry Thompson, is pleased to serve as the host club and excited that the fellow clubs from out of town keep coming back each year to participate in the Heritage Festival. “This is always an exciting and wonderful weekend of fellowship with other Model A’ers, and participation together in the premiere event for Halifax County,” said Barry Thompson. 

The large participation level each year of Model A’s at the Festival is testament to the hospitality shown to the out of town Model A clubs by the local Model A club and members of the Heritage Festival Committee. Heritage Committee members recognize and appreciate the significance of having the out of towners in particular interested in the heritage of Halifax County and the contribution that Model A Fords make in celebrating its heritage.

See you at the Heritage Festival, and remember the “Ahooga” sound, and give a friendly wave to the Model A Ford drivers!

The Model A Fords and other features and attractions are a part of the 15th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival beginning Friday, May 4th and concluding Saturday, May 5th at the Halifax County Fairgrounds.

Friday, May 4th opening day features include the grand opening of the Grist Mill, the Halifax County Junior Livestock Show at 12 noon, a Mud Bog at 7pm along with many other exciting activities and attractions.

Saturday, May 5th is a full day of exhibits, displays, arts and crafts, fun activities for the children, delicious festival foods and a concert featuring Lawson Creek Band beginning at 6:30pm. 

Festival times are 9:00 am to 9:00 pm each day.  Admission is $7.00 per day for adults and children 12 years old or older.  Children under 12 years old will be admitted free of charge.  Special two-day tickets will be available for purchase Friday, May 4th for $10.00 each.  Attendees purchasing a two-day ticket will be admitted without charge Saturday, May 5th.

Visit www.halifaxcountyheritagefestival.org for more information and updated schedules when available.


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