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South Boston News / May 06, 2019
Strong crowds each day enjoyed the games, exhibitions and entertainment at the 16th annual Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival at the Halifax County fairgrounds Friday and Saturday.

The annual two-day festival showcased a myriad of antique vehicles, farm tools, and equipment — along with games and fun — and got a boost from the pleasant weather that prevailed Friday and most of the day Saturday.

An extensive array of workshops and activities provided festival goers with plenty to see and do, from parades to mobile classrooms.

One of the educational attractions was the Mobile Dairy Classroom, a 32-foot mobile classroom with a live dairy cow and fully operational milking parlor.

As part of a Southwest Dairy Museum educational program, the 30- to 45-minute presentation “teaches the process of modern milking and the importance of dairy foods in a healthy diet.”

The mobile classroom has traveled to several schools, fairs, and festivals, with its latest stop on May 3 in Halifax — also celebrated as Halifax County Student Day.

The festival featured local musicians throughout the day Saturday; the lineup included Kermit Wright, Nelly Zamora Jones, Kyle Martin and the Halifax Hillbillies, and Halifax County Middle School performer Cameron Crews.

The tractor parade, broom-making workshops, wildlife exhibits, and car cruise-ins were just some of the events that guests were able to enjoy, with the help of several local sponsors.

The tractor competitions were a favorite among festival goers, with several lines of tractors showcased throughout the event. Parades and tractor-pulls provided more family fun; many of the antique machines helped to promote various local organizations that took part in the Heritage Festival.

Local businesses such as Doug Clark Furniture, Hunting Creek Vineyards, Molasses Grill, Elliot Electric and others helped to bring the event to fruition for its 16th year.

Established in 2003, the Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival began with a group of local citizens that, as stated in its official website, wanted to “help preserve and showcase the rich agricultural heritage of Halifax County.”

The annual event has since continued to be fueled by the community, though volunteering and financial donations.

The Festival Committee has donated thousands of dollars to the Halifax County Public School System, as well as the Halifax Education Foundation. These donations, along with the festivities themselves, have helped to continue the festival for over a decade.

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