The first Down on the Farm Car Show is a family-friendly event for the public taking place on September 10, featuring activities and prizes to be won.
CountryBoyz YouTube channel HotRodz and H&R Farms have created the event and are bringing it to their family farm in Pendleton in Northampton County.
Event organizer Rose Harris Pait said she and her four other siblings grew up on the farm and her older brother, Thad Harris, brought her the idea for the show. Pait said his brother had been a motorhead since birth, working on cars and building them.
“He said, ‘Look, I’ve always dreamed of having a car show on the farm, and I think there’s enough room here for us to do that,'” she said. told his brother. “My husband and I recently built a house right here on the farm, and he said, ‘What do you think? And I said, ‘Let’s try it.’ So that’s how it happened.”
Pait said the auto show was for cars, motorcycles, tractors and trucks. Additionally, the Conway Volunteer Fire Department will be cooking up Boston butts the night before and serving bagged meals including barbecue sandwiches, a bag of chips and a drink for $10. She said there will be other activities for children in a shaded area. Pait said if the weather was good there would be a big shelter for people. She said there will also be a scavenger hunt for spectators where they can walk around and identify things on the vehicles. Pait said if participants found all nine items, they could then redeem their cards for a prize.
“It’s kind of a good way to learn something about cars,” she said. “We’re going to have a bake sale – the ladies’ auxiliary will do that. We’re going for a cake walk, which is an old-fashioned thing that we can’t wait to try.
Pait said Sycamore Farms will be on hand to sell produce such as sweet potatoes, apples, jellies, jams and honey.
Auto show organizers will be offering a 50/50 and other raffles and door prizes.
The event is a first for the family and the show will be a first in the area, but Part said it was also a fundraiser to help firefighters.
“They have to operate with very little funding, so all proceeds will go to the Conway Volunteer Fire Department,” she said. “We have no idea how many people will come, but the community has been really, really great.”
Pait said the community responded by donating $3,000 in raffle prizes. Some of those prizes are a 2-inch-wide by 20-foot-long Badland recovery strap, a 36-inch Blackstone griddle, a Yeti cooler, and more. There will also be a silent auction for a working traffic light donated by Bobby Brower and scratched by Butch Oliver.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located at 211 Frank Harris Road, 25 miles east of Roanoke Rapids. On-site registration to enter a vehicle is from 9 a.m. to noon for $20, and spectators receive free entry to the event. There will also be a DJ who will provide musical anecdotes throughout the day with small prizes to be won.