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Farm Heritage Fair in Williamston NC – Old Tools & Old Farm Equipment

We folks in eastern North Carolina celebrate our farm heritage

Santa and his tractor at the Martin County Farm Heritage Fair in Williamston, NC | chloesblog.bigmill.com

Every year since 2003, we have a big Farm Heritage Fair at the Senator Bob Martin Ag Center in Williamston, NC. This year the Farm Heritage Fair is December 7, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It is not just about tractors. It is about how life on the farm in eastern North Carolina used to be. Early on Saturday morning, there is a hog killing.  And you can see how sausage was made on the farm up until the sixties.  You will see parts of the hog you might not want to see.

My favorite part of the fair is seeing all the old equipment and tools – you can see an old peanut picker, a hay baler, old mule carts, old tobacco tools and so many tools that I have to ask the older farmers to help me understand how these tools were used.  We had all these tools here on the farm and some of them are still here hanging on the barn walls.

Old Farm Tools at Farm Heritage Fair Williamston NC | chloesblog.bigmill.com

Old Corn Sheller at Farm Fair in Williamston NC | chloesblog.bigmill.com

And, yes, there will be many farmers in coveralls and many John Deere baseball hats and some great antique tractors. I cannot see my Gentleman farmer father ever wearing a baseball hat. His hats were Dobbs and came from New York! Not a normal thing for his era. He did wear straw hats in the field.

Folks will be making sausage, picking peanuts and making Cracklins – you can buy a small bag of cracklins to eat. This line for cracklins is long. You get a small paper bag with cracklins and a baked sweet potato. Good eating!

Old Sausage-grinder at Farm Fair in Williamston NC | chloesblog.bigmill.com

Old Peanut-Picker & hay baler | chloesblog.bigmill.com

I always buy knives from one of the Ladies Aid Societies and I buy lots of honey. I swoon over the quilts and just basically hark back to my farm roots – it is a good feeling.

Each year I usually win several blue ribbons for my Strawberry jam and Blueberry Jam. This year I am entering my homegrown and homemade Triple Berry Jam .

If you like old tools and farm equipment, this is the show for you.

FOR MORE INFORMATION call the Bob Martin Ag Center 252-792-5802

Farm Heritage Fair: December 7, 2013, Bob Martin Ag Center, Williamston, NC 27892,  9 a.m – 3 p.m. 

Fa Telephone: (252) 789-4370

Cost:  FREE

GETTING THERE:
2900 NC Highway 125 South, Williamston, NC 27892

105 miles east of Raleigh, NC
103miles south of Norfolk, VA
59 miles north of New Bern, NC
4 miles northwest of Big Mill Bed & Breakfast in Williamston, NC


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