Halifax County Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival

“Tractor Parade”

Saturday, April 29, 2017

 

 

This happy group invites everyone to the Heritage Festival’s annual Tractor Parade this Saturday morning beginning at 9 am from the parking lot at Heritage House Furniture.  Come and enjoy the ride through town with stops along the way at Hupps Mill Plaza Shopping Center for a snack at Windmill Bakery, Halifax Square Shopping Center for lunch and dessert at Italian Delight and Frutopia, or lunch at MiCarreta in the Centerville Shopping Center.

 

 

Organizers of the 14th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival are geared up and ready for the Annual Tractor Parade around town Saturday, April 29.    Some of the county’s finest antique tractors, along with some shiny new ones too, will assemble behind Heritage House Furniture, (formerly the old Lowes building across from Halifax County High School) at 8:30 am before heading out on the annual ride at 9:00 am. 

Parade organizer Tommy Epps says, “The tractors will parade through area shopping centers from Centerville to Hupps Mill Plaza.”  All area children’s groups including church groups, baseball and softball teams, scout troops and any other children’s groups are invited ride along on the trailers.  “Parents and grandparents are asked to accompany their children and enjoy the ride,” said Epps.

The parade route and tentative schedule is listed below. 

            8:30 am – Meet at Heritage House Furniture for parade line-up.

9:00 am – Parade begins and will travel through the parking lot of Wal-Mart to Lowes parking lot by way of the access road behind Dollar Tree.  The tractors will then parade onto Old Halifax Road to the intersection in Centerville where the route will turn left onto Highway 501 South to the Hupps Mill Plaza.

9:30 am – Tractors will park in front of the Windmill Farm Bake Shop.  New riders may board trailers at this stop.

10:00 to 10:30 am - Tractors will travel through Downtown South Boston turning left onto Broad Street at Constitution Square.

10:30 am – Tractors arrive back at Hupps Mill Plaza to drop off passengers who boarded at this stop. 

11:00 am – Tractors will travel North on Highway 501 to Halifax Square Shopping Center and park in front of Italian Delight and Tractor Supply.  Some tractors will parade on to Centerville Shopping Center and park in front of MiCarreta. 

1:00 pm – Tractors will travel back to Heritage House Furniture. 

                Tommy Epps reminds everyone, “These times are estimates only since you never know if any tractors will break down along the way.”

                The Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival is scheduled the first weekend in May at the Halifax County Fairgrounds.  Festival times are Friday, May 5 from 12 noon until 9 pm; Saturday, May 6 from 9 am to 9 pm; and Sunday, May 7 from 1 pm until 5 pm.

                The Festival offers three full days of wholesome entertainment for families.  Delicious festival foods prepared by the Ruritan Clubs of Halifax County will be available for purchase all weekend. 

                For the first time the Halifax County Junior Livestock Show will be held at the Heritage Festival.  The show is scheduled for Friday, May 5 at 2 pm and will feature as many as 30 local youth showing nearly 40 animals including cows, pigs, lambs, goats and rabbits.  The animals will be on exhibit in the Livestock Building all weekend. 

Kermit Wright has a great line-up of local bluegrass and gospel music groups planned for the weekend.  A special concert featuring Lawson Creek Grass, sponsored by Burnett & Sneed/CPA, Doug Clark’s Furniture & Reproductions, House of Carpets and Slagle Logging is planned for Friday evening beginning at 6:30.  The concert will be held on stage along the Midway area and everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs. 

A big truck Mud Bog competition is also planned for Friday evening beginning at 7 PM.  Registration for the event begins at 5 PM. 

                Festival attractions include old-fashioned, kid-friendly games and activities for children such as: pedal pull tractor races, saw-dust treasure hunts, a chance to milk Bessie the Cow, rides on the little barrel train, rope making, panning for gold, as well as a balloon artist, and much more.    

Boy Scouts Troop 497 sponsored by Main Street United Methodist Church will be on hand demonstrating how to set-up a campsite, how to start a fire, and how to cook a meal around a camp fire.  The scouts and their leader, Barry Thompson will also demonstrate safety and general survival skills, and tell about their adventures on camping trips and summer camps.        

 Antique tractors, machinery and tool exhibits will be on display along with arts and craft vendors with many interesting items for purchase. 

The Midway section of the Fairgrounds will be filled with exhibits and demonstrations such as: hit and miss engines, saw mill demonstrations, cider making, shingle making, rope making, a Classic Cars Cruise In sponsored by the Tinker Car Club, vintage stock cars, Model A Fords, and much more. 

Other vendors and craft dealers will be set-up in the Exhibit Hall offering jewelry, glassware, antiques and more.  The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service will also display their popular quail egg hatchery which has been very popular for the past several years.  This year’s exhibit will feature the “Bob White.”  

                Admission is $5.00 per person per day for adults and children 12 years old and older.  Children under 12 will be admitted free.  For more information, visit www.halifaxcountyheritagefestival.org.

      

    

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