Old Fashioned Farmers Day in Silk Hope

Every Labor Day Weekend

 The Old Fashioned Farmers Day event is held every Labor Day weekend at the Farm Heritage Theme Park. 

Old Fashioned Farmers Day How it all began

What's something exciting your business  In  1975, the Silk Hope Ruritan Club endeavored to seek new forms of gaining  revenue.  William L. Cockman and one other member went to visit Jack  “Jackie” M. Johnson to investigate the possibility of a show with old  equipment on exhibit in Silk Hope.  Jackie was the owner of a steam  engine and was presently on the Board of Directors for The Old Time  Historical Association in Climax, NC where antique machinery was on  exhibit.  The three thought it could work, and together they  brainstormed with the Ruritan Club for the idea of a show of “antique  farm machinery, old cars and equipment.” They wanted to bring history of  the community and rural America to the area so all ages and backgrounds  could either reminisce or learn for the first time what agriculture at  the turn of the 20th century had been all about.
Several other  farmers were in disbelief that people would come and pay to see old  equipment working; after all, some of the area farmers were still using  the same equipment many were thinking of displaying!  The late Elroy  Teague was heard saying,  “Who in the world will come to Silk Hope to  see this old machinery and pay money? We don’t care if we ever see it  again.” He chuckled.  Many of these farmers who were skeptics that first  year in 1975 would soon become the greatest supporters of the show.   Jackie, a Silk Hope Fire Department member, decided with the Ruritans  to hold it the weekend of the annual Fire Department Chicken Supper in  mid-October.  They figured the crowd that normally supported the  department in eating chicken would support the Ruritan Club by visiting  the exhibit.  So, the date was set and Jackie Johnson became the show’s  first coordinator.  Jackie said, “It was an experiment.  The Ruritans  needed a good way to make money and felt it would work. The word spread  and members asked neighbors to bring horse drawn equipment. With  Jackie’s coordination, the first show contained the largest display of  horse drawn equipment ever exhibited in the Silk Hope community.  To  date, there has been been that large of an exhibition of horse drawn  equipment in the Silk Hope Community. 
The first year “ignited” many  hearts to the potential of what Old Fashioned Farmers Day could be.   Even though the show only made $300 with donations taken of usually  fifty cents to $1, the Ruritan Club sought to have greater success the  following year.
The second year, Jackie Johnson joined the Ruritan  Club.  Jackie Johnson, with the assistance of Rocky Cook, Billy Smith,  and Richard Fox, started a collection of old tractors, engines and farm  equipment.  This was locally known as the "great mass hauling" of old  timey farm equipment.   
Since the first year, the one day event of  Old Fashioned Farmers Day has grown to many extra exhibits, thousands of  people attending and now runs for the whole Labor Day weekend.  We hope  it will continue to grow bringing history alive to the young and old.. 

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2017 Program Book

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Old Fashioned Farmers Day Program Book

2019 Program Book