Halifax County Heritage Festival Committee members take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the tremendous success of the 15th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival.

We thank Ruritan Club members from Mount Laurel and Turbeville for preparing food and manning the concession stands and South Boston Lions Club members for providing homemade ice cream.

We thank Starz Gold Travel Softball team for manning the ticket booth. We also thank Oak Level EMTs, Halifax County Rescue Squad volunteers, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, the town of South Boston and the county of Halifax for their help and assistance throughout the festival.

We thank our sponsors and vendors, as well as all volunteers who worked countless hours preparing for the festival. 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 also very thankful to the community for the support over the past 15 years 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 local Virginia/Carolina Model A Ford Club who were joined by members of the Colonial Virginia Model A Club and the Cape Henry Model A Club 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, well drilling, cider making, sawmilling, furniture making, rope making, corn grinding, basket making and many other fascinating machines and crafts of the past.

We thank Ed Hobbs of Raleigh for demonstrating an antique foot powered treadle jig saw, and Albert Smith of North Carolina and Carl Pletcher of Alabama for displaying their unique tractors.

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 trailers for guests to ride on.

We thank the Halifax County Livestock Committee for presenting their 60th Annual Junior Livestock Show on opening day of the festival. We thank the show coordinators for bringing their event to the Heritage Festival and congratulate the children who showed their rabbits, goats, lambs, hogs and cattle. We also thank the livestock committee for sponsoring Roy Johnson and his border collie sheep herding demonstrations.

We thank the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service for the quail egg hatchery exhibit. Children and adults watched with delight as more than 20 little quails hatched. We thank the local 4-H Club for also providing many other fun and educational activities for children. We also thank the Halifax County High School Robotics Team for demonstrating their award-winning robots amazing guests with their sophisticated and unique skills.

We thank Music Coordinator Kermit Wright for scheduling a great line-up of local blue grass, gospel and country music by the High Grass Band, Nellie Zamora-Jones and Forever Young.

We thank Burnett and Sneed/ CPA, Doug Clark’s Furniture and Reproductions, House of Carpets and Slagle Logging for sponsoring the Lawson Creek Grass band and their concert Saturday evening. We also thank Sarah and Russell Cook for singing the National Anthem for the dedication of the grist mill and many others who participated in the ceremony.

The Heritage Festival Committee is sincerely grateful to the community for the support of the grist mill project and is especially thankful to the all-volunteer construction team who gave so much of their time over the past year constructing the mill.

The committee is grateful to the many businesses who donated building materials and supplies allowing the team to nearly complete the project in 15 months.

We thank the families of the Poole/Sizemore Grist Mill for donating the original gears and a grinding stone from the old mill that once operated in the Aarons Creek community.

We thank Charlie Cole, grandson of Mr. Sizemore for attending the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.

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.

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.

Cathy Cole serves on the festival committee as publicity chairman.