2022 Farm Heritage Days April 8 – 9 In Benson

Antique tractors, cars and farm equipment take over Benson Chamber Park for a previous Classic Antique Power Farm Heritage Days. The 13th annual event will be Friday and Saturday, April 8-9. DAILY RECORD FILE PHOTO/RICK CURL

Travel back in time with Farm Heritage Days

By Laura Patterson
Dunn Daily Record

BENSON – Experience North Carolina’s agricultural history during a two-day event being held in Johnston County.

The 13th annual 2022 Classic Antique Power Farm Heritage Days is set for Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, in Benson’s Chamber Park, located at 355 J. Lee Road. Gates will be open from 8 am to 5 pm both days, rain or shine.

Presented by Classic Antique Power Inc. and the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce, the show offers entertainment all day for all ages, including displays of tractors and power equipment, tractor and lawnmower games for children and adults, food, a swap meet, craft and merchandise vendors and old-time farming demonstrations.

Judy Wood, secretary of the Classic Antique Power club, stresses this event is for everyone. “It’s not only for men, ladies. We have something for ladies, too.”

Registered vendors will have a variety of items to offer, from purses and bags to flowers and plants.

Food and concessions will be sold filling the park with the aromas of barbecue pork, pinto beans, hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes and kettle corn. Homemade ice cream will be sold, made using a John Deere hit-and-miss engine.

A swap meet on site will have various antique tractor and engine parts for sale.

Farm Heritage Days organizers have worked hard to have plenty of activities to keep the children busy.

“It takes kids to get the parents there,” Wood said.

Each year, there are tractor games for the kids, including a pedal tractor pull and a bouncy house. Wood said they plan to have farm animals there this year along with train rides. Each child will receive a candy-filled Easter egg on the train ride, Wood said.

For the “big kids,” there will be bigger tractor games and lawnmower games for adults and those older than age 12.

A variety of craft, merchandise and food vendors will be hand for the two-day Classic Antique Power Farm Heritage Days in Benson Friday and Saturday, April 8-9. DAILY RECORD FILE PHOTO

Members of Classic Antique Power Inc., a nonprofit organization, is selling raffle tickets for $1 each for a chance to win a Farmall Model 200 pedal tractor.

Farm heritage demonstrations will be from 1 to 3 pm Friday and 10 am to noon Saturday such as sawing lumber to make tobacco sticks, corn shucking, baling hay, and thrashing and bagging seed. Wood said she will give demonstrations using an old-timey washing machine with a wringer that runs off a Maytag motor.

In addition to the activities at the park, display participants will ride through downtown Benson for a Parade of Power at 11 am Friday and 2 pm Saturday.

Wood said there is still time for people to register to participate in the two-day event by visiting the website at https://classicantiquepower.com/ and signing up as an exhibitor or vendor. She noted that there will be security on site from 10 pm to 7 am for those bringing their tractors and equipment.

Cost for the event is a $5 admission. Admission is free for those younger than age 12.

The annual Classic Antique Power Farm Heritage Days is a fundraiser for the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce and information is also available on the chamber’s website at www.benson-chamber.com.

For more information, call club President Raylon Wood at 919-207-7420 or Judy Wood at 919-422-4064.

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