DOBSON — The county seat’s first antique festival will be held here today at The Barn at Heritage Farm.
Organizers of the fall-themed event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., promise a day full of family fun in addition to the many antiques, primitive, handmade and vintage items available.
“Antiques bring people together in more ways than one,” said Karen Lane, owner of History Lane Antiques on U.S. 268 in the Copeland community, which is co-hosting the event.
Lane said she travels around the region to antique festivals and wanted to establish a similar event closer to home.
“Our area doesn’t have anything like this,” she explained.
She believes Surry County can be a welcoming audience for such an event.
“A lot of the customers I have at the store are of the younger generation,” she said. “They’re curious about antiques and I want to keep that going. By having something that is local we can keep that in front of as many people as we can.”
Lane said she hopes this is the inaugural event of what will become an annual affair.
“I’m just trying to keep the old stuff alive, I guess,” she said.
And for the festival Lane helped organize, old means old.
“All the vendors I have coming Saturday truly have antique, vintage, primitive, upcycled or handmade items,” she said. “They have been picked because of that criteria. We have no ‘made in China’.”
Vendor booths for direct sales will be set up in the fields outside the barn and auction items set up inside the barn.
Those interested may view the items throughout the day. The live auction will begin at 4 p.m.
The fall festival offers several activities in addition to antiques.
Food trucks will be on site, live gospel and bluegrass music will be provided by The Cranford Creek Band, with corn hole, sack races and a pumpkin patch set up for the kids.
A cruise-in type car show is also open to anyone who wants to bring their car.
Proceeds from a 50/50 will be donated to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office “Give-A-Kid-A-Christmas” program.
“I realize how special that smile is for a child. You can’t put a dollar sign on that,” Lane said. “So if there’s any way we can make a kid’s Christmas better or put a smile on their face, I want to be a part of it.”
Admission to the festival is free and parking is $5 per car.
“So really it’s just something fun for the whole family to get behind,” said John Jonczak, who owns The Barn at Heritage Farm with his wife.
“Jessica (Jonczak) and I are very passionate about giving back to the community,” he said, “and creating an environment where everybody can come, enjoy it and learn a little bit about farming, learn a little bit more about the Surry County culture, from the history of the barn that the farm sits on as well as the history of farming.”
Jonczak remarked that the barn enjoyed a great partnership with History Lane Antiques that will continue in the future with Lane teaching classes.
“It will be the fourth event we have at the barn,” he said. “We’re excited for it.”
Lane said she thinks the barn is the perfect location for the event.
“It’s beautiful all the way around the barn,” Lane said. “It’s just fields and it’s just country out there. I feel like it’s a good place to step back and forget about some of the things going on.”
The Barn at Heritage Farm is located at 152 Heritage Farm Lane.
For more information visit TheBarnAtHeritageFarm.com or call 336-401-7422.
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.