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Saturday’s Tractor Parade mixes old, new

Organizers of the 11th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival have set the date for the annual Tractor Parade, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Some of the county’s finest antique tractors, as well as shiny new tractors, will assemble behind Heritage House Furniture, formerly the old Lowes building across from Halifax County High School, Saturday at 8:30 a.m. before heading out on the annual ride at 9 a.m.  

Parade organizer Tommy Epps said, “The tractors will parade through area shopping centers from Centerville to Hupps Mill Plaza and continue to Downtown South Boston. All area children’s groups including church groups, baseball and softball teams, scout troops and any other children’s groups, as well as parents and grandparents,  are invited to ride along on the trailers.”  

The parade route and tentative schedule is listed below.  

w 8:30 a.m.: Meet at Heritage House Furniture for parade line-up.

w 9 a.m.: Parade begins and will travel through the parking lot of Walmart to the new Lowe’s store 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 Hupps Mill Plaza.

w 9:30 to 10 a.m.: Parade participants will park in front of the Windmill Farm Bake Shop.

w 10 a.m.: Tractors will continue south on Highway 501 and turn left onto Broad Street at the railroad tracks.    

w 10:30 a.m.: Tractors will travel north on Broad Street back to Halifax Square Shopping Center.  

w 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Tractors will park in front of Italian Delight and Tractor Supply.

w 1 p.m.: 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 2, from noon until 9 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, May 4, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

The festival offers three full days of wholesome entertainment for families.  Delicious festival foods prepared by the Ruritan Clubs of Halifax County will be available for purchase all weekend.  A great line-up of local bluegrass and gospel music bands is planned for the weekend.

Festival attractions include games and activities for children featuring balloon artist, Wade Hopkins on Saturday.   

Antique tractors, machinery and tool exhibits will be on display, along with arts and craft vendors 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, classic cars and trucks, vintage stock cars, Model A Fords, and much more. 

Admission is $5 per person per day for adults and children 12 years old and older.  Children under 12 will be admitted free.  For more information, visit www.halifaxcountyheritagefestival.org.