Halifax County Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival

“Tractor Parade”

Saturday, April 28, 2018





The Halifax County Heritage Festival Committee is geared up and ready for the Annual Tractor Parade around town Saturday, April 28.    Some of the county’s finest antique tractors, along with some shiny new ones, will assemble behind Heritage House Furniture, (formerly the old Lowes building 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 Parade begins and tractors will travel through the parking lot of Wal-Mart to Lowes parking lot by way of the access road behind Dollar Tree.  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 the 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.  A two-day festival this year, times are Friday, May 4th from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Saturday, May 5th 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 the Ruritan Clubs of Halifax County as well as mouth-watering homemade ice cream available for purchase all weekend. 


            The Halifax County Junior Livestock Show will be held at the Heritage Festival Friday, May 4th beginning at 12 noon .   The animals will be on exhibit in the Livestock Building during the Festival.  Immediately following the Livestock Show, Gladys native Roy Johnson will give a Border Collie demonstration.  Johnson, who lost both of his hands in a farming accident over 30 years ago, has spent over three decades training his dogs to heard sheep.   The demonstration is expected to begin around 3:00 pm .  Johnson will also be on hand during the day Saturday, May 5 with demonstrations throughout the day.


            A big truck Mud Bog competition is planned for Friday evening beginning at 7 PM .  Registration for competitors begins at 5 PM .  A Tractor Pull is planned for Saturday at 11AM .  The Quarter Scale Tractor Pull begins at 1 PM . 


            One of the main features this year is the Grand Opening of the Grist Mill built by members of the Heritage Festival Committee with donations from many area businesses.  Construction on the mill began in February 2017 and is now a permanent working exhibit at the Heritage Festival.  The Grand Opening ceremony is scheduled Saturday, May 5th at 12 Noon . 


Kermit Wright has a great line-up of local bluegrass and gospel music groups planned for Saturday including High Grass, Nellie Zamora and others.  A special concert featuring Lawson Creek Grass, sponsored by Burnett & Sneed/CPA, Doug Clark’s Furniture & Reproductions, House of Carpets and Slagle Logging, is planned for Saturday evening beginning at 6:30 .  The concert will be held on stage along the Midway area and everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs. 


Festival attractions include exhibits of antique tractors, machinery and tools, working farm exhibits, along with vendor displays with many interesting items for purchase. 


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

Other vendors and craft dealers will be set-up in the Exhibit Hall offering jewelry, glassware, antiques and more. 


The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service will also display a quail egg hatchery in the Exhibit Hall.  This has been a very popular exhibit for the past several years.  The Halifax County 4-H Club will also be on hand with interesting activities for children. 


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, rope making, a chance to milk Bessie the Cow, and the ever-popular corn box.    


            Admission 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 4th for $10.00 each.  Anyone purchasing a two-day ticket will be admitted free of charge Saturday, May 5th.  For more information and schedules, visit www.halifaxcountyheritagefestival.org.


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