Halifax County Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival

“Tractor Parade”

Saturday, April 27, 2019





The Halifax County Heritage Festival Committee is geared up and ready for the Annual Tractor Parade around town Saturday, April 27.    Some of the county’s finest antique tractors, along with some shiny new ones, will assemble behind Heritage House Furniture across from Halifax County High School at 8:30 am before heading out on the annual ride at 9:00 am . 

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.  Parade organizer, Tommy Epps asks that parents and grandparents accompany their children and enjoy the ride aboard the Heritage Festival People Haulers.

Parade Route and Tentative Schedule: 

            8:30 am Meet at Heritage House Furniture for parade line-up.

9:00 am Tractors will travel through the parking lot of Wal-Mart to Lowes parking lot.  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 Tractors will park in front of Windmill Farm Bake Shop.  New riders may board People Haulers at this stop.

10:00 to 10:30 am - Tractors will travel through Downtown South Boston turning left onto Broad Street at Constitution Square .

10:30 am Tractors arrive back at Hupps Mill Plaza to drop off passengers who boarded at this stop. 

11:00 am – Tractors will travel North on Highway 501 to Halifax Square Shopping Center and park in front of Italian Delight and Tractor Supply.  Some tractors will parade on to Centerville Shopping Center and park in front of MiCarreta. 

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 3rd from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm . 

                The Festival offers two full days of wholesome entertainment for families with delicious festival foods prepared by Ruritan Club member, Lions Club members and Halifax County fire department members.    

                A Tractor Pull is planned for Saturday at 11 am followed by a Quarter Scale Tractor Pull at 1 pm .  Tractor Games, presented by Robert and Sue Gregory of Java , VA  are also planned for both days.

                The Midway section of the Fairgrounds will be filled with exhibits and demonstrations such as: hit and miss engines, saw mill demonstrations, blacksmithing, cider making, shingle making, rope making, hay baling and more.  A Classic Cars Cruz- In, sponsored by the Tinker Car Club of South Boston, will be a featured attraction as well as an impressive display of vintage stock cars and Model A Fords.

Many vendors and craft dealers will be set-up in the Exhibit Hall offering jewelry, glassware, antiques, and more.  Other vendors will be set-up outside offering many unique items.  Other interesting exhibits will also be on display in the Exhibit Hall including model cars.   

The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a mobile dairy classroom presentation Friday and will also display a quail egg hatchery in the Exhibit Hall.  The Halifax County 4-H Club will also be on hand with interesting activities for children. 

Many old-fashioned, kid-friendly games and activities are planned for the children.  From pedal pull tractor races, saw-dust treasure hunts, rides on the little barrel train, rope making, to the ever-popular corn box. 

 Kermit Wright has a great line up of local blue grass and gospel music groups who will be performing throughout the weekend.  Mark Francisco is also planning a thrilling fly-over demonstration of his model airplanes.

 Race fans can take advantage of a special discount being offered by the South Boston Speedway.  Fans who present their Heritage Festival wristband will receive a $5.00 discount on general admission tickets to the K&N Touring Series race Saturday evening, May 4th.  Fans will be required to surrender their Heritage Festival wristband at the ticket booth to receive the discount.  This promotion does not apply to advance race ticket sales.

                Admission to the Heritage Festival is $7.00 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 Friday, May 3rd for $10.00 each.  Anyone purchasing a two-day ticket will be admitted free of charge Saturday, May 4th.  For more information and schedules, visit www.halifaxcountyheritagefestival.org.


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