The lineup of antique tractors draws the attention of people attending the Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival.

Heritage Festival committee members announced Tuesday the cancellation, until further notice, of the 17th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival.

The festival was previously scheduled for May 1 and 2.

“Our entire nation is being driven by CVOID-19. The pandemic is not only affecting our nation, but it is making a significant impact on Halifax County, Virginia,” as stated in a statement released by the Heritage Festival Committee.

“After consulting with our supporters and Halifax County government, the Heritage Festival Committee has decided that the safest and most proactive move at this time is to cancel the Heritage Festival for 2020 until further notice.”

Members of the Heritage Festival Committee said they are “very grateful for the support of its faithful sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, civic organizations, volunteers, and the community over the past 16 years.

“However, for the safety of our guests and all others involved in organizing and hosting the festival, we must cancel,” the statement continues.

“Therefore, at this time, it is obvious the committee has made the right decision.”

Committee members said they feel “very honored” to have hosted the Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery for the past 16 years.

“Thank you to the community and sponsors for the tremendous support over the years. Thank you also to all the vendors, exhibitors, organizations and volunteers who have helped make the Heritage Festival such a great success year after year,” their statement also reads.

“The Heritage Festival Committee is committed to continuing to present a wholesome fun-filled festival each year to showcase the agricultural history of Halifax County while fostering a love for all things mechanical.

“We appreciate your support and loyalty and invite you to help us plan for a bigger show in 2021.”

Photos from the 2019 festival