Halifax County Heritage Festival Committee members take this opportunity to thank all who contributed to the tremendous success of the 16th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival.
We thank Ruritan Club members and Volunteer Fire Department members for preparing food and South Boston Lions Club members for providing homemade ice cream. We thank Oak Level Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for manning the ticket booth. We also thank Oak Level EMTs, Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, Halifax County Board of Supervisors, the town of South Boston and the county of Halifax for their help and assistance throughout the festival.
We also extend appreciation to the South Boston Police Department for assisting with the annual tractor parade held April 27.
We thank our sponsors and vendors, as well as all volunteers who worked countless hours preparing for the festival. We extend special thanks to Joe Foster for planting pretty flowers at the ticket booth entrance each year and to the Master Gardeners who assisted him this year.
We especially thank the local media: The Gazette-Virginian, The News Record, WAJL 1400 and WHLF 95.3 for the excellent coverage and promotion.
We are thankful to the community for the support and thank everyone who attended from Halifax County and surrounding areas.
We thank the Tinkers Car Club of South Boston for their exceptional display of classic cars and trucks. We appreciate the participation from vintage race car owners who provided an impressive display of vintage race cars. We also thank members of the Virginia/Carolina Model A Ford Club who were joined by members of two Model A clubs from the Tidewater area, as well as club members from Raleigh and Waynesboro to present a magnificent display of beautifully restored Model A’s.
We also thank the many, many local exhibitors who displayed countless tractors, trucks, hit and miss engines, antique tools and other farm machinery.
We greatly appreciate the efforts of all those who demonstrated the operation of old chain saws, cider making, sawmilling, furniture making, rope making, corn grinding, basket making and many other fascinating machines and crafts of the past.
We also thank Carl Pletcher of Alabama for displaying his unique tractor, Randy and SaraLyn King from South Carolina for their Shaker broom making demonstration and Dave Innamorato of Charlotte for his blacksmith demonstration.
We especially thank Boone Equipment, James River Equipment, Spaulding Equipment, Elliott’s Auto Sales, Good’s Lawn and Garden Center and Ronnie Ratliff for their support and use of their tractors that pulled the people haulers.
We thank the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service for the quail egg hatchery exhibit. Children and adults watched with delight as many little quails hatched. We thank the local 4-H Club for also providing many other fun and educational activities for children.
We thank music coordinator Kermit Wright for scheduling a great line-up of local bluegrass, gospel and country music by Cameron Crews, Nelly Zamora-Jones, Russell and Sarah Cook, Kyle Martin and the Halifax Hillbillies, Kermit Wright and Dennis Rice and the Forever Young Band.
We are very pleased that people traveled from the surrounding counties of Prince Edward, Pittsylvania, Campbell, Mecklenburg, Charlotte, Lunenburg, and Person. We are also very pleased that many visitors traveled from as far away as North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Pennsylvania to attend the festival. We extend appreciation to members of the Nittney Tractor Show of Pennsylvania, Billy Johnson of Mt. Airy and professional mill curriers from Mount Vernon, who all assisted with the operation of the grist mill.
Halifax County is very fortunate to have the Halifax County Event Center to host large events that attract thousands of visitors to our county. These visitors not only enjoy the events, but they stay in local hotels, shop with local merchants, dine at local restaurants and are a tremendous boost to our local economy.
The Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival Committee is committed to its mission of preserving the agricultural history of Halifax County and fostering an interest in all things mechanical while showcasing machinery and tools of the past to the public in a wholesome, fun-filled family environment.