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Courtesy Field Day of the Past
Robinson's Racing Pigs and Paddlin' Porkers
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Tractor pulls are part of the fun at Field Day of the Past.
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A Civil War encampment is one of the exhibits at Field Day of the Past.
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Truck pulls are a tradition at Field Day of the Past.
Going on through Sunday in Goochland County is the 23rd annual Field Day of the Past, conceived as an old-time country fair. Since 1992, when the festival began, the event expanded to two days, and then three.
This year, the artistically inclined can enjoy quilting and weaving demonstrations as well as arts and crafts stations. History buffs can explore the Short Pump Grocery and Grasberger's Spoon Factory exhibits, a 17th-century woodworking demonstration, and a Civil War encampment demonstration. Children can visit the barnyard filled with farm animals, watch Brad Matchett's Comedy Hypnotist Show, cheer for Robinson’s Racing Pig and Paddlin’ Porkers or play on the playground.
Other activities include carnival rides, an exhibition by photographer Arthur R. Jenkins and a tractor pull, which requires pre-registration.
Live music will be performed by Born Again Country, Blue Rooster, country star Nick Smith and other groups, including gospel and rock 'n' roll.
Field Day of the Past runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by truck pulls beginning at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Admission is $10 today and Sunday, and $15 on Saturday. Children 12 and younger are admitted for free. Seniors (62 and older) are admitted for $8 any day. Two-day passes can be purchased for $20.
Parking is free, and food is available on the show grounds at 1741 Ashland Road. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the event’s website or call 741-8468.