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By Haylie Robinson

Do you like antiques and agriculture*? Well, the Southern Farm Days event is perfect for you! The Southern Farm Days organization shows antique tractors and farming equipment preserved or rebuilt to display the wonders of these amazing machines. This non-profit organization’s proceeds go straight to Lake Waccamaw’s Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

Robert Mills, the event coordinator for Southern Farm Days, stated, “We’re trying to reach out to the younger people to teach them about the beginnings of agriculture.”

On Friday, March 17, the event has about three or four groups of young students show up around 10 a.m. and stay until about 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.

According to Mills, the organization started in March 1989 as a tractor club. They decided to make it an actual organization in October 1990. Their mission is to promote interest in antique tractors and farming equipment.

They will have antique shows, old-time farm and house shows, live animals, and an antique auction and tractor show. There will also be a group that comes out and does a wild west reenactment show. It starts Friday morning, March 17 and shows every two hours Friday and Saturday, March 18.

Admission is $10 daily (cash only). Children 11 years of age and younger are admitted free. The event takes place March 17th through the 19th at the Boys and Girls Home Horse Complex at Lake Waccamaw, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the festivities start at 10 a.m.

This will be the event’s 16th anniversary. According to the event organizers, although the pandemic affected their yearly streak, they are back in business and on a roll. With last year’s massive turnout, 2022’s event was broadcasted live on television. Mills said they hope this year will be an even bigger turnout with 20 food and 50 craft vendors.

Mills says, “We hope to see everyone come out and enjoy themselves and learn a little something about the thing we all have come to appreciate”

* Agriculture: The practice/science of growing and cultivating animals and crops for resources.