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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Antique Farm Days set for Father’s Day weekend
11th annual event at rec park on Sontag Road
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File Photo: The descendants and friends of the George Sink Family demonstrate the first step in the threshing and baling process during a past Southwest Virginia Antique Farm Days.

Monday, June 9, 2014

The 11th annual Southwest Virginia Antique Farm Days will be held June 13-15 at the Franklin County Recreation Park .

The park is on Sontag Road, just south of Rocky Mount.

The Antique Farm Days organization that stages this event is dedicated to restoring and preserving farm machinery and implements that were used in the agriculture based society of early Southwest Virginia, and the role that they played in shaping life in Franklin County and surrounding areas, according to member Bob Camicia.

The three-day event will feature everything from a quilting and open fire cooking demonstrations to working demonstrations of sawmilling, operating antique diesel engines, tractor pulls, corn meal grinding, threshing and baling, wood turning, antique tractors and engines, and blacksmithing.

Other activities will include a chainsaw competition and a daily tractor parade. On Saturday, there will also be children's activities.

The restored 1923 Fairbanks Morse vintage engine that was the main power source for the Exchange Mill in Rocky Mount until 1959 will be running during the event. All three days will feature examples of rock crushing, woodturning and more.

Other activities include an expanded flea market of antiques, engines, tractors and farm related items. There will be an auction of antique equipment, farm tools, machinery and other farm-related items at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Exhibitors with antique tractors, farm equipment and with working demonstrations, all willing to take the time to explain them, will be present through the entire show. The event is a unique educational opportunity for all who attend.

General admission is $5 a day with children 12 and under admitted free. For more details, visit

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