Halifax County Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival
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.
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.
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,”
parade route and tentative schedule is listed below.
8:30 am – Meet at Heritage
House Furniture for parade line-up.
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.
am – Tractors will park in front of the Windmill Farm Bake Shop.
New riders may board trailers at this stop.
to 10:30 am - Tractors will travel through Downtown South Boston turning
left onto Broad Street at Constitution Square.
am – Tractors arrive back at Hupps Mill Plaza to drop off passengers who
boarded at this stop.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
tractors, machinery and tool exhibits will be on display along with arts and
craft vendors with many interesting items for purchase.
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.
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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