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Tractors roll in prelude to fest

Organizers of the 10th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival have set the date for their yearly Tractor Parade.

Some of the county’s finest antique tractors will assemble behind Heritage House Furniture, formerly the old Lowes building, across from Halifax County High School Saturday, April 27, at 8:30 a.m. before heading out on their annual ride at 9 a.m.  

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

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 3, from noon until 9 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, May 5, 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 Mt. Laurel, Bethel and Turbeville Ruritan Clubs will be available for purchase all weekend.  A great line-up of local bluegrass and gospel music bands are scheduled to perform throughout the three-day event.

Festival attractions include games and activities for children featuring balloon artist Wade Hopkins at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. 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.  

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

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 the Hupps Mill Plaza.

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

10 a.m.: Tractors will continue South on Highway 501 to Riverdale.

10:30 to 11 a.m.: Parade participants will park in front of Mexico Viejo Restaurant in the Riverdale Shopping Center.

11 a.m.: Tractors will leave headed North on Hwy. 501 North to the Halifax Square Shopping Center.

11:30 am to 1 p.m.: Some parade participants will park in front of Italian Delight and Tractor Supply, while others will travel to the Centerville Shopping Center and park in front of Mi Carreta Mexican Restaurant. 

Parade organizer Tommy Epps said, “These times are estimates since one never knows if any tractors will break down along the way.”