Southern Farm Days – Lake Waccamaw, NC
Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association
Hey Y’all! Sarah here from Carolina Blogging. I wanted to share pictures and information with you about the Southern Farm Days that I attended with my family back in March 2015. This is an annual event held in Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina, and is brought to you by the Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association. My adventure started when my aunt linked me on a Facebook post about Southern Farm Days. Then a phone call with my dad asking to take the kids out turned in to a days worth of tractor pulls, arts & crafts, southern food, Hit and Miss Engines and great fun! What’s a Hit and Miss Engine, you ask? Well I didn’t know until I attended the Southern Farm Days at Lake Waccamaw in North Carolina!
I would recommend planning to spend a full day at the Southern Farm Days because there is so much to do! Here’s how our day started. From the grassy field that serves as a parking lot, hop aboard and hold on tight to catch a ride that takes you from your car to the entrance gates of Southern Farm Days. You will arrive in style at the front gate on a bench style trailer pulled by a tractor. Our tractor was an old Ford with shiny red and white paint. My kids absolutely loved bumping along in the field!
After we purchased tickets at the main gate, we passed over a wooden bridge and were immediately surrounded by sounds of tractors swarming all around, while the smell of smoke tumbled from an old campfire across the field. There were two very tall Teepee’s set up amongst several tables with vendors selling everything I would imagine you would need on a farm. I saw garden tills, antique sewing machines, spades, and more. (Wear comfortable shoes because there is a LOT to see and a lot of walking to do!) My kids were immediately drawn to a couple of old confederate tents alongside the grassy lawn with men dressed in confederate attire. We were allowed to go in the tents and check out the cots that were set up and some of the tools used to pitch the tents. The occasional cannon “boom” could be heard off in the distance which left us curious to eventually seek out that sound during our venture.
A little further down the path we came across larger tents providing shade for vendors that had iron skillets, antique toys, and more farming equipment. These tents lined closely to a dirt road that would have a few slow-moving tractors navigating through the crowds to where the tractor pull was being held. The smell of funnel cakes, hot dogs, turkey legs and french fries filled the air and smelled so delicious. There must have been at least 10 different vendors, all offering a variety of carnival style foods to pick from.
After spending a good 45 minutes checking out the crafts, petting horses in the nearby pasture, and checking out th old west gun show, we stopped and got something to eat. There were several picnic tables setup. Some covered, and others where you could eat out under the sun. Imagine the state fair area where the livestock typically are. This is the same type scenery under the large covered stadium that we found. We chose to sit in the stadium where a large oval-shaped dirt area was lined with bleachers, and in the middle were barrels and a few tractors racing around. In the program book that was given to us at the entrance, we discovered a schedule and had apparently put ourselves directly in position to see tractor races while we ate!
Next up was the “Parade of Tractors“. Big tractors, little tractors, pink tractors, red ones too! The one thing I did not see a lot of were “new” tractors. My dad kept saying he wanted to register for next years event so he could bring his “David Brown” tractor up to ride in the parade. (We did not find one “David Brown” on the lot, but are determined to change that next year in our attendance).
My kids enjoyed crawling up on the different sized tractors and taking photos on them. While having fun on all of the old tractors, we found these crazy little machines that had large spinning wheels and made “pop” noises. That’s were we were introduced to the “Hit and Miss” engines. I am not sure of what purpose the serve, other than entertainment. But, entertainment none the less. Along side the Hit and Miss engines sat a large corn mill machine with a family feeding corn in to one end as corn mill came out the other. This thing was extremely quiet to be so big. It simply sat and fed the corn from one end to the other, stripping the corn from the cob. Anyone got a craving for cornbread?
We also came across this crazy contraption. It was an out house on a trailer with all kinds of everything.
I feel like it should have a name….
After lunch, we picked up a few crafts before they were sold out. One particular tent had an older gentleman sitting underneath with several wooden toys on long sticks. (The best description I can give is a puppy on a stick with wheels for legs.) We had seen a few go whizzing by as other kids passed us, and wanted to get a few “souvenirs” to take home. The crafts were relatively inexpensive and there was a variety of everything.
Next comes probably our most favorite part of the day …TRACTOR PULLS!
For those of you who have not experienced a tractor pull, instead of telling you about it, I will show you. Keep in mind that we stayed and watched classic tractors and hot rod tractors participate in the Tractor Pull.
This is one of the Hot Rod Tractors that had a corvette engine.
I don’t know who was more excited to see this, me or the kids.
The point of a tractor pull is to see how far the tractor can pull the “pull” behind it as the weight increases. That big red truck looking thing on the back is a weight. As the middle “weight” moves closer to the tractor, it increases the drag of the “pull”, in turn making it heavier to pull behind a tractor. To sum this up, it’s just a whole lot of fun to watch and dirty goes flying everywhere! Some tractors made it pretty far, and others not so much.
Our day spent at Southern Farm Days included lots of fresh air, sunshine, crafts, tractors, food, old cannons and more. I would highly recommend this family friendly event for anyone looking to get a glimpse of what Southern Farm Days is all about. We’ll keep checking back on the Southern Farm Days website and update our calendar when they post the next event!
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