By RICK CURL
Of The Record Staff
Benson’s Chamber Park came to life once again with antique tractors and farm equipment Friday and Saturday, offering something for just about everyone.
The ninth annual Classic Antique Power Farm Heritage Days event offered something to keep the little folks interested like 2-year-old Beau McLamb.
He, along with grandparents Dennis and Melonie McLamb of Sampson County, took the opportunity to visit the show for the first time.
“It’s his first time here, he loves tractors,” Mrs. McLamb pointed out. “He likes them bigger and he likes to hear them fire up. He really likes to ride with his papaw on his tractors. And I like to look at them, too.”
As Mr. McLamb and Beau walked around inspecting an International Harvester, Beau said he really enjoys hearing them running and riding on them.
“It’s gonna crank up soon,” he said joyously. “It will be loud.”
For Mr. McLamb the decision to finally come to the show was easy.
“Something always seemed to happen to keep us from coming,” Mr. McLamb said. “We always aimed to come over and now we’re not going to miss it again.”
For the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce, co-sponsors of the event along with the Classic Antique Power Club, it was a banner two days.
Chamber Director Loretta Byrd said between the weather, the equipment and all of the visitors it was a success.
“The Farm Heritage Day kicked off with a bang,” she said. “The weather was perfect, there are lots of things going on with new vendors from the Southern Heritage Market. It was a great event.”
Adding to the festive and rustic feel were the 65 vendors who came to Benson to be a part of the Southern Heritage Market.
The vendors brought everything from handbags to food trucks to re-purposed items for visitors to look over, investigate and purchase.
Natalie Morgan, who owns Morgan’s On Main in downtown Benson, helped organize the market and said it was a great two days.
“We had a fantastic event,” she said. “We had a lot of great vendors and perfect weather, we couldn’t have asked for a better time this weekend.”
The market, formerly known as Shine and Shop, was the first of two such events planned for this year.
Mrs. Morgan said they are already getting geared up for the fall event.
“We’re starting now getting ready for fall and we’ve had lots of vendors inquire about when and where it will be,” she said. “We will get the word out when more info becomes available. For now, though, we’re very grateful to have been a part of the Farm Heritage Days and look forward to next year’s showcase.”