Halifax County Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival

“Tractor Parade”

Saturday, April 30, 2016

 

 

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 13th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival are geared up and ready for the Annual Tractor Parade around town Saturday, April 30.  Some of the county’s finest antique tractors, along with some shiny new ones, 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 - Parade participants will park in front of the Windmill Farm Bake Shop.

10:30 am – Tractors will travel North on 501 to Halifax Square Shopping Center and to the Centerville Shopping Center.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm - Tractors will park in front of Italian Delight and Tractor Supply in the Halifax Square Shopping Center and in front of MiCarreta in the Centerville Shopping Center.

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 6 from 12 noon until 9 pm; Saturday, May 7 from 9 am to 9 pm; and Sunday, May 8 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.  A great line-up of local bluegrass and gospel music bands is also planned for the weekend.

 

Festival attractions include 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 and many other old-fashioned, kid-friendly activities from the past.

 

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, classic cars and trucks, vintage stock cars, Model A Fords, and much more.

 

The 2nd Annual Historic Racing Celebration is planned for Sunday, May 8 at the South Boston Speedway beginning at 1 pm.

 

Mud Bog events are planned for Friday evening, May 6th beginning at 7 pm and again Sunday afternoon, May 8th at 1 pm.  Tractor Pulls and Antique Tractor Pulls are planned throughout the day Saturday, May 7th.

 

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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