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SoVaNow.com / May 05, 2014Three glorious spring days brought out huge crowds for this year’s Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival at the county fairgrounds, with onlookers enjoying diverse offerings — antique cars and farm tractors, food and games, and other reminders of Halifax County’s farming heritage.
Beginning at noon on Friday, the three-day event unfolded under crisp and sunny skies, drawing in not only local visitors, but hundreds if not thousands of guests from beyond Halifax County.
The fairgrounds parking lot was filled to capacity at midday Saturday, and to help visitors traverse the festival layout — from the midway to the exhibit hall — the organizers employed a fleet of golf carts and flatbed trailers to provide free rides.
For youngsters, the festival offered a wide range of fun-filled activities. The old fashioned seesaw was popular with the kids, as was the sandbox filled with kernels of corn. Others enjoyed the opportunity to milk the old cardboard cow, while the petting zoo also drew a crowd.
On Saturday morning, youngsters were treated to a treasure hunt. Later, there was the kid’s pedal pull as well as free pony rides on Saturday from noon-1 p.m.
Cathy Cole, events coordinator, said it would be at least a week before Heritage Festival organizers are able to tally the revenues generated by the event, which primarily go towards scholarships for local high school students who continue their education after graduation.
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