FRANKLIN CO., Va. (WDBJ7) A steam engine is just one of the tools farmers used way back when. So what came before it?
“Animal power. So for centuries we had animal power providing the power for agriculture,” said Antique Farm Days Club Director
When farmers figured out they could use a steam engine to speed up the process, that was huge.
“I'm always shocked at how hard they worked, at how ingenious they were, and how much they were able to accomplish with so much less than what we are using today,” Antique Farm Days Club President Charles Brubaker.
That's the whole point of Antique Farm Days in Franklin County. It's about opening our eyes to what life was like back in the day for your local farmer.
“We typically estimate about 5,000 people come over the course of a three-day weekend,” Brubaker said.
You'll see all kinds of antique equipment in action. The kids can have fun on the tractor pull. There will even be an auction.
“We really want to make sure that we're able to be out sharing agricultural heritage with folks around the county and around the surrounding areas,” Brubaker said.
Antique Farm Days is this Friday through Sunday, June 15, 16, and 17, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Franklin County Recreation Park on Sontag Road. Admission is $6. Kids 12 and under get in free.
The address for the Franklin County Recreation Park is 2150 Sontag Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.