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Rural heritage celebrated with Farmers Day festival

SoVaNow.com / October 02, 2013
South Hill’s Famers Day celebration arrives this weekend with much activity in store: a tractor parade, a street festival and vendor fair, animal displays, music, games and lots more to entertain young and old alike.

This celebration of South Hill’s farming heritage, now in its 11th year, will be held 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., centered around the R. T. Arnold Library parking lot. Boss Hogg from The Taylor Wright Farm will be on hand for viewing and petting, and the Park View FFA will have their usual menagerie of animals on hand. Also look for Jaxx and Romeo, alpacas belonging to Jennifer Gilmore.

The traditional Tractor Parade begins at 10 a.m. at the parking lot of the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center, across from the library. The South Hill Revitalization Committee will be giving away 10 door prizes to the owners of antique tractors (pre 1970 models) and “The People’s Choice Cash Award” will be presented to the top tractor as voted upon by the general public. If you have a tractor that you would like to enter in the Farmer’s Day Tractor Parade, please be sure to contact the South Hill Chamber of Commerce for an application at 434-447-4547. There is no fee to enter the tractor parade.

Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy arts and crafts, old fashioned fun and games, food vendors, a petting zoo, live bluegrass music from Homegrown Bluegrass and more. At the South Hill Farmers Market, contestants will vie for the honor of baking the best red velvet cake, in a competition sponsored by the Horseshoe Restaurant and the Colonial Center. Also this weekend, the Colonial Center will stage “The Red Velvet Cake War,” an uproarious comedy by the Colonial Actors Theater Society (C.A.T.S.)

For more information on how you enjoy or contribute to the Farmers Day celebration, contact the South Hill Chamber at 434-447-4547 or drop by at 201 S. Mecklenburg Avenue.

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