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Sep
13

There’s no doubt that anticipation is building in the area as the 9th Annual Campbell County Heritage Festival draws near! From the clang of the blacksmith’s hammer to the gospel harmony on the music stage, everyone attending the festival will definitely be entertained and filled with excitement. A step back in time will be observed through the various activities of the day. From the draft horses pulling a log through an obstacle course, to the twisting of chewing tobacco, to handing green tobacco leaves and stringing it on a tobacco stick, to turning the apple cider mill or perhaps joining in on a few dance steps with flat footing or square dancing. The festival is filled with opportunities for you to experience the rich heritage of our area. Yes, the Epperson Brothers are back again this year as well as “Elvis” by Chris Ellis, and The Old Dominion Cloggers will be performing also. Festival Chairman, J.D. Puckett is thrilled to have back the jumping mules this year and the draft horses. These are truly must see events! Also, this year we are highlighting the sheep herding demonstration by one of our local folks, Roy Johnson. Come and SEE his dog work at rounding up sheep and hear his story of sheep herding. Don’t forget ladies, we have numerous vendors/crafters, with many of them demonstrating their crafts throughout the day. And of course you must see the spinning of yarn and take a stitch or two at the quilting bee. The day is not complete without a full schedule of Children’s Activities and games. Ride the Barrel Train, milk the cow, shell corn, feed the chickens, pet the sheep, these are just a few of the activities planned for the children about the good “Ole Days”. From bluegrass music to wagon rides, barbecue to brunswick stew, kid’s activities to civil war games, there is something for everyone! This is a “Family Event” filled with entertainment, historical re-enactment, lots of good food, and a fun day filled with Living History from the Good Old Days For ALL to Enjoy! Come and bring a neighbor or two and see the new pavilion at the park, enjoy the day which begins at 10 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Community Park adjacent to William Campbell High School. Tickets are $5.00 each with kids under 10 Free! For further information, call 1-434-332-9570 or visit www.CampbellCountyHeritageFestival.com and like us on Facebook!

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Jul
23

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**CONTEST ALERT** A Children's Pet Show will take place at 11:00 at the Heritage Festival. All animals entered must be accompanied by their owners at all times. All dogs must be on a leash. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Campbell County Animal Control!

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Jul
20

Cruise on into the 7th Annual Campbell County Heritage Festival and enjoy a classic car, truck and bike show on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at William Campbell High School in Naruna, Virginia!!! This event will last the entire duration of the festival from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM! It is FREE to enter your classic car, truck or bike into the show. Plaques will be distributed to entry winners. Goody bags and door prizes will be distributed amongst participants. In addition to the car show festivities, there is sure to be something for the entire family at the Heritage Festival. One can enjoy live music all day, food vendors, craft vendors, children’s activities, a ¼ scale tractor pull and more! To register your classic car, truck or bike, please call Mr. Owen Burks at 434-846-4343. By entering your classic car, truck or bike into the show, you will gain FREE admission to the festival! If you decide not to enter the car show, admission is just $5.00 for adults. Children 10 and under are FREE!

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Jul
20

KELCISTRONG FUND RAISER Come out to the Campbell County Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 1st from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and help Kelci and her family with lots of hospital expenses, medical care, and more. Kelci, a rising senior, was seriously burned over 40% of her body in a fire at her home on May 1st! She was discharged home on July 3, 2015, but there is still a long road ahead with her recovery. A “WALK FOR KELCI” Walk-a-Thon with water mister will be held all day on Saturday August 1st at WCHS around the football field with lots of rescue vehicles and the Centra Medivac Helicopter in the field area. A huge thank you to all those that helped her and others as you participate in the event to help Kelci! We hope that all students, softball players, and friends keep the walk going all day. You can get people to sponsor you to walk so we can help raise money for Kelci. Anyone can walk and donations will be appreciated. There will also be corn hole for adults, baked goods, cold water, and hand fans available throughout the day for donations only. This event is sponsored by the Youth of Falling River Baptist Church.

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Jul
10

The Campbell County Heritage Festival welcomes Jim Bordwine, a salt maker and reenactor from Saltville, Virginia! Mr. Bordwine will demonstrate using brine from wells and the boiling process in addition to discussing the history of salt and displaying his private collection of mammoth and mastodon teeth and bones found here in Virginia. Let’s give a warm welcome to Mr. Thomas Tucker, also known as the “Travelin’ Woodwright” to the 2015 Heritage Festival! Mr. Tucker, pictured above, will demonstrate the craft of woodworking from the 1700 and 1800’s! Tucker will demonstrate how intricate pieces of woodwork were made using a simple woodturning lathe he handcrafted himself. Thomas Tucker has been demonstrating traditional woodworking for over 25 years. “I demonstrate at 15 events and school programs throughout the year. I want the people to smell the wood and feel the tools as I try to present to the viewing public a small snapshot of the effort it took to survive in early America,” Tucker said. The Heritage Festival Committee would also like to recognize “The Singin’ Cowgirl” as a new performer this year! Rebecca F. Bryant is The Singing Cowgirl who loves playing the Autoharp and singing the old cowboy, country, and gospel songs! A Virginia native, she is married to a retired professional Bullrider of the PRCA, and is a founding member of three Cowboy Fast Draw Clubs in VA - where she has been Top Gun, Club and Event Champion in the Women's Division. She sings at numerous churches, festivals, and various cowboy gatherings - like the National Day of the Cowboy in Victoria.

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Jul
07

Draft horses will be on display at the Campbell County Heritage Festival to be held on Saturday, August 1 at the Community Park and William Campbell High School. There will be six teams of draft horses competing in the log obstacle course, the wagon obstacle course, and in different hitch combinations. The draft horses are very large animals which were developed as a warhorse many years ago. The common brood that will be seen at the festival will be the Percherons and the Belgians. These are very adaptable breeds and are very popular for work, show, pleasure, and under saddle. The draft horse teams that will be participating in the events are teams that competed in the World Draft Horse Conference. The Conference was held in Springfield, MASS. this past year with several of the teams placing in the top ten teams. There were 17 teams qualified from the state of Virginia for the World Conference and you will see six of these teams at the Campbell County Heritage Festival on August 1, 2015 . Just a side note as well, Marshall Cofer, a draft horse team master drove his team of horses at the Appomattox Surrender Grounds on July 14, 2014 for the filming of a scene in a Civil War Documentary. Not only will you view these teams competing you will be able to have a wagon ride by several of the teams later in the festival. One of the wagons was purchased from Dolly Parton and will be driven by Rusty Adkins team. Marshall Cofer, who has been a trainer of horses for many years, says, “We, the Bedford Gang, just want to pass on the information to our younger generation, so that it will not be lost!” We’ll see YOU at the Draft Horse event which is scheduled throughout the day on August 1st!

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Jul
07

The Campbell County Heritage Festival committee is pleased to feature the Antique Tractor Games this year! Whether in original condition, partially restored or fully restored, you are encouraged to display your tractor and join in the tractor games. Please register your tractor by 10:00 A. M. on August 1st and sign up for the tractor games scheduled throughout the day. We will start with the Barrel Roll contest at 11:00 A. M., the Slow Tractor Race at 1:00 P.M., and the final game of Chain in the Box at 3:00 P.M. The Parade of Antique Tractors will take place at 4:00 P.M. A trophy will be awarded to the top competitor in each of the three events. Come out and join in the fun at the Campbell County Heritage Festival on Saturday August 1, at the William Campbell High School and Community Park in Naruna, VA. For real time updates, please follow us on Facebook as The “Official” Campbell County Heritage Festival or visit our website at www.campbellcountyheritagefestival.com

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Jul
02

The Quarter Scale Tractor Pull is coming to the Campbell County Heritage Festival on Saturday August 1st at the Community Park and William Campbell High School. If you don’t know what is meant by Quarter Scale Pull, it is really a souped up riding lawn mower. The roar of the Quarter Scale pulling machines will begin after noon. There are various classes that the pullers will enter their machines in. The classes range from kids, modified, stock, stock altered, and possibly other classes. Those that enter must adhere to select Rules and Regulations that are set forth by the Pullers Association. The Halifax County Quarter Scale Tractor Club is in charge of this event. Safety is foremost in the minds of the Tractor Club. The Halifax County Quarter Scale Tractor Club was established in 2006 and has been responsible for providing Quarter Scale Pulls in Southside Virginia ever since. Once you attend one of these pulling events you will be hooked as one who will not miss future pulls and maybe, just maybe, you’ll build your own Quarter Scale Tractor. Come out and enjoy an afternoon full of competition and excitement!

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Jul
02

Chandler Hughes will exhibit his oxen and oxen cart at the Campbell County Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the William Campbell HS and Community Park at Naruna, VA. Hughes will demonstrate how farmers used oxen before tractors and other labor saving machinery was common on the farm. Often referred to as “A poor man’s horse”, the oxen is an adult castrated male calf, usually a dairy calf since dairy cows are more docile. Long ago it was fairly common to raise oxen because most of the farmers had a milk cow so he could raise his own oxen when he could not afford to buy a horse. Commonly known as “a beast of burden”, oxen were mainly used to move heavy loads around the farm. Farmers did not often work oxen to cultivate gardens or row crops since the animals are not sure footed as a horse. Chandler Hughes started training these young oxen to pull an oxen cart. He started the oxen at an early age with verbal commands and will demonstrate how he has trained the animals to work together as a team. By using a yoke to pair them together, the oxen work as a team sharing the load. The training process took about 3-4 years. Come out and see these young oxen pull the cart at the Campbell County Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the Community Park and William Campbell High School at Naruna, VA.

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