Sandhills Antique Farm Equipment Show | NC Weekend | UNC-TV


>>>ANY FARMER CAN TELL YOU HOW
RIGOROUS AND CHALLENGING HIS OR HER WORK IS. A SMALL GROUP OF FARMERS IN THE
SANDHILLS, HOWEVER, HAVE JOINED TOGETHER AND BUILT A FARM
EQUIPMENT PARK IN ORDER TO SHOW JUST HOW MUCH FUN THE INDUSTRY
CAN BE. RICK SULLIVAN TAKES US TO
LILLINGTON FOR THE ANNUAL ANTIQUE FARM EQUIPMENT SHOW.>>ONCE UPON A TIME, THIS IS HOW
OUR FOREFATHERS BEGAN THE PROCESS OF GETTING THEIR BREADS
AND CEREALS AND ANYTHING MADE FROM WHEAT. THE WHEAT SEED WAS THRESHED FROM
THE PLANT BY HAND. LATER ON CAME MACHINES. AT THE SANDHILLS ANTIQUE FARM
EQUIPMENT SHOW, YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT THIS HISTORY AND SEE FOR
YOURSELF HOW THINGS USED TO BE. 21st CENTURY EQUIPMENT IS
FANCIER, AND IT’S ABLE TO DO THIS WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY. BUT FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE
SANDHILLS ANTIQUE FARM EQUIPMENT CLUB, THERE’S A DESIRE HERE TO
PRESERVE THE HISTORICAL FARMING HERITAGE OF THE AREA. THESE MACHINES HAVE BEEN A PART
OF THEIR LIVES AND THE LIVELIHOOD OF THEIR FAMILIES FOR
THE BETTER PART OF A CENTURY.>>I GUESS IT GETS IN YOUR
BLOOD. I WAS RAISED ON THE FARM. AND MY DADDY WAS A FARMER AND
SAWMILL MAN. AND HE — I FOLLOWED HIM AROUND
WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY AND JUST CAN’T GET AWAY FROM IT. AND THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS.>>FARMS ARE SOMETHING THAT MOST
EVERYONE HAS DRIVEN PAST AND SEEN FROM THE ROAD, BUT NOT
EVERYONE HAS HAD THE CHANCE TO SEE ONE UP CLOSE. THE FARM EQUIPMENT SHOW PUTS THE
AUDIENCE, ESPECIALLY THE KIDS, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
ACTION. BACK BEFORE THERE WAS A
GAS-POWERED SHELLER, THERE WERE STILL WAYS TO PREPARE THAT CORN
FOR FOOD.>>BACK IN THE ’20s, I’D SAY
’20s AND ’30s, THERE WAS A LOT OF THEM USED ON UP INTO THE ’40s
AND EARLY ’50s. THEY SOLD FOR ABOUT $3 APIECE
BACK THEN. AND IT WAS A FARMER’S DREAM,
REALLY, BECAUSE HE HAD TO DO IT BY HAND BEFORE THEN.>>FUNNY HOW THINGS CHANGE. THESE DAYS, ALVIN AND HIS
FRIENDS, DONALD THOMAS AND BILL KING, AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF
THE SANDHILLS ANTIQUE FARM EQUIPMENT CLUB, ARE HAPPY TO DO
THESE CHORES AND SHARE WHAT THEY KNOW WITH ANY NEW FRIENDS WHO
MIGHT LIKE TO EXPERIENCE OR REMEMBER HOW THINGS USED TO BE. HERE AT THE SANDHILLS ANTIQUE
FARM EQUIPMENT SHOW, YOU CAN EXPECT TO MEET REAL FARMERS,
SEE AND LEARN ABOUT PAST AND PRESENT FARM LIFE IN NORTH
CAROLINA, AND YOU’LL SEE SOME THINGS YOU PROBABLY DID NOT
EXPECT.

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