Agricultural history on display with farm show

“It’s just a good day out for everyone to enjoy.”

Bill Jennings
Annual Old Time Farm 
Show event coordinator

By Darla Slipke

Staff Writer

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Old-time tractors might seem quaint to some compared to today’s behemoths of the field.

Still, Bill Jennings knows that when they were built, they made people’s lives a little easier and a little better. That’s one thing he likes about the old equipment, which will be on display at the annual Old Time Farm Show later this month in Edgecombe County.

Anyone who has an interest in learning about or celebrating an earlier era of agriculture is invited to attend the free event, which is in its fifth year. The event is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Jan. 11 on the Eddie Dail farm near Tarboro.

“It’s just a good day out for everyone to enjoy,” said Jennings, event coordinator.

This year’s event will feature peanut threshing demonstrations, bluegrass music and a number of old tractors, pickups and other equipment. People are invited to bring tractors that are at least 30 years old to plow or to show, along with old pickup trucks, cars and other equipment to show. Homemade ice cream and chicken will be available for sale.

Jennings encouraged people to participate in the event, which will last throughout the day.

“You get to see a lot of agricultural history,” he said.

The Old Time Farm Show will be held on land adjacent to Burnette Farm Road. Dail Farms and ParkwayAg of Tarboro are the sponsors.

Close to 1,000 people attended the event last year. They watched peanut threshing demonstrations and “Johnny Pop” and Farmall tractors turn soil with two-bottom plows, among other exhibits and entertainment.

For more information, call Jennings at 252-291-6684.