Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival returns this week

Celebrate life in simpler days, May 6-7

The 18th Annual Halifax County and Antique Machinery Festival is back this week, May 6-7, with antique tractors, machinery and tools, and working farm exhibits. You’ll find classic cars, vendors, kids’ games and activities, mouthwatering foods and much more.

Rekindle memories of simpler days by visiting the Halifax County Fairgrounds this Friday and Saturday to experience Halifax County’s premier spring event.

Exhibits will include blacksmithing, sawmill, grist mill, country store, chapel (work in progress), broom making from South Carolina, and “Jim the Saltman” from Saltville. Pianist Cameron Crews will provide tunes from years gone by on the porch of the grist mill.

Among the returning exhibitors is Thomas Tucker of Locust, N.C., who will demonstrate the craft of woodworking from the 1800s by making intricate pieces of woodwork using a simple woodturning lathe he handcrafted himself. Tucker will be located by the grist mill underneath a big teepee displaying his handmade walking sticks, wooden buckets, and funeral caskets. Look for him to be wearing his signature black hat with a turkey feather.

Other features and attractions include vintage race cars, a Classic Cars Cruz-In sponsored by the Tinker Car Club of South Boston, Model A Fords, and farm machinery of yesteryear. The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service will display a bobwhite egg hatchery in the Exhibit Hall, and local beekeepers will have fresh honey for sale.

Other vendors and craft dealers will be set up in the Exhibit Hall offering jewelry, glassware, antiques, and more. To satisfy the appetites of the crowds, several food trucks will set up both days at the fairgrounds.

Many other old-fashioned kid-friendly games and activities are planned for the children — from pedal pull tractor races, saw-dust treasure hunts, to rides on the little barrel train, a chance to milk Bessie the Cow, and the ever-popular corn box.

Admission is $7 per person per day for adults and children 12 years old and older. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Special two-day tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, May 6 for $10. For more information and schedules, visit www.halifaxcountyheritagefestival.org.

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