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Farm Days starts Friday at Boys and Girls Home

The annual celebration of all things old, rusty and remembered is this weekend at Lake Waccamaw.

The tenth annual Southern Farm Days will be held Friday through Sunday at the Boys and Girls Home. Admission is $7.50, with all proceeds going to the Home.

Sponsored by the Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association, the event features antique tractors, engines and automobiles, demonstrations of traditional farm life, an encampment of Confederate and Federal soldiers, horse- and mule-drawn farming demonstrations, Native American displays and programs, and the ever-popular Wild West Show.

This will be the second year that the association will run its antique Frick sawmill. The wood cut by the massive machine is being used to construct a farm and homestead on the Boys Home grounds.

A model train display will be open all weekend, and visitors can also enjoy wagon rides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts vendors, food and other activities.

Saturday is always the biggest day at the event, with the “Parade of Power,” featuring antique tractors, farm equipment and other classic machinery, as well as the antique tractor pull. The event has also become a destination for the growing number of “hit-and-miss” engine enthusiasts. Single-cylinder engines became a staple of many farms in the early 20th century, powering everything from generators and wells to washing machines and even ice cream churns.

Visitors can get into the spirit of the event on Sunday with the lawn mower pull.

A church service will be held Sunday morning.

The Farm Show has become famous for the antique sale and auction, also set for Saturday. Antique vendors from several states will offer their wares for sale and trade, and Saturday’s auction helps provide funds for the Association’s historic preservation efforts.

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