The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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January 9, 2013

Old-time farm show set Saturday

LIFE IN THE OLDEN DAYS

TARBORO — A show Saturday on Eddie Dail’s family farm will celebrate farm life in the olden days.

“We’re just trying to show people a little bit about farm heritage,” said Bill Jennings, event coordinator. “We bring our old tractors out there and plow with them. If you want to plow with your tractor, your tractor’s got to be at least 30 years old or older.”

The old time farm show drew a crowd of about 800 people last year, and the show gets bigger every year, said Jennings.

“This is the fourth year,” said farm owner Eddie Dail. “[The show] bring backs the old-style stuff of yesteryear. A lot of folks don’t know how it was done back then.”

Plowing at the show will begin at 8 a.m. Vintage tractors and horses and mules will be hooked to one, two and three-bottom plows.

“The horses and the mules will be here plowing. It will be interesting for folks who have never seen it before,” Dail said.

A two-hour peanut thrashing session will begin at 10 a.m.

“We have a 1926 model old peanut thrashing machine. It’s six-foot-tall or more and made out of lumber. It separates the vines from the peanuts,” Jennings said. The peanuts will be fed into the thrasher the old-fashioned way, with a pitchfork.

“I think it’s good to show the young people you couldn’t just go out and get whatever you wanted. You had to grow things and make things,” said Jennings. “Everything you eat, somebody had to grow it or make it somewhere.”

During Saturday’s show, Abrams BBQ will serve food and Carolina Grass, a local bluegrass band, will provide entertainment in a heated tent. The band will begin playing at about 11 a.m. Admission to the event is free, with the only expense the cost of food.

Dail’s 1950 model R John Deere, which he calls a “Green Acres” style tractor, will be among the antique tractors at Saturday’s show. Another unique tractor, Jennings’1952 model Farmall Cub, illustrates the mechanization of agriculture.

“This tractor was designed to take the place of a team of horses,” Jennings said. The tractor only pulls one plow.

To get to the Dail Farm from Tarboro, take U.S. Highway 64 East to Exit 491 and follow the signs. The event will be on land adjacent to Burnette Farm Road. The show has three sponsors –  Dail Farms, Southern States of Tarboro and Parkway Ag Center of Tarboro.

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