Old Farm Day set for this Saturday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 16, 2005

Old Time Farm Day is back on track.

After postponement due to last weekend’s inclement weather, the family-friendly event has been rescheduled for this Saturday, June 18.

&uot;We’ve been working together on this since March. We started out planning a plow day exhibition and along the way this evolved into a full-fledged farm day,&uot; said Carey Thompson, one of an estimated 25-30 individuals involved in the event.

&uot;Everyone is very excited – we have folks from Greenville to McKenzie involved. Things have gone very smoothly in planning the day,&uot;

Thompson added.

The day will kick off at 9 a.m. on the James McClure Farm, located exactly four miles from the intersection of Hwy 31 and Halso Mill Road (County Rd. 45).

There will plenty for attendees to see and do that day, Thompson said.

&uot;We will have 15 people out there with mules and horses that will be coming to plow – that alone will be something to see,&uot; he said.

Additionally, miniature horses owned by Joe Tilley along with goats, chickens and donkeys will be on hand for children of all ages to enjoy.

&uot;Glenn King will be there with his grist mill, and there will be other local folks doing quilting, crocheting, basket weaving and other handcrafts,&uot; Thompson said.

Youngsters can participate in a toy pedal tractor race, tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m., a boot race at 11 a.m. and a &uot;gold rush&uot; at noon. Face painting and animal balloons are also planned.

For &uot;oldsters,&uot; an antique tractor race is slated for 11 a.m. and a parade of antique tractors, horse- and mule-drawn plows and wagons will take place between 12:30 and 1 p.m.

In addition to the races, parades and exhibits, folks at Farm Day will also be able to enjoy doing some shopping with several arts and crafts vendors, who will be offering everything &uot;from handbags to birdhouses,&uot; said Thompson. A concession stand offering refreshing water, soft drinks and snacks will also be available that day.

The group has high hopes for this weekend.

&uot;Our aim is to hopefully have a good success and make this an annual event, maybe even twice a year. Teachers have expressed interest in doing something like during the school year – we’ll have to see what our new superintendent says,&uot; Thompson said.

Organizers want to save an important part of local history along the way.

&uot;We hope to preserve some of this old equipment and keep it from being turned into scrap iron,&uot; he added.

Thompson will bring several of his own wood-wheeled, horse-drawn cotton planters, some of which date back 150 years or more.

&uot;We invite anyone who has their own antique farm equipment to come on out and bring it with them,&uot; Thompson said.

Admission to Old Time Farm Day is free, but a small donation is requested to help defray the expenses of mounting the event.

&uot;Come on out Saturday and bring your lawn chairs – we’ve got some trees and good shade down by the old dairy barn,&uot; Thompson said with a smile.

For more information on the upcoming Old Time Farm Day, contact Carey Thompson at 382-2295, Bill Campbell at 382-0045 or Eddie Branum at 382-3523.