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  • August 29, 2014 (All day) - August 31, 2014 (All day)

Visit the Silk Hope Ruritan Club’s annual Old Fashioned Farmers DayFriday night, Aug 29 through Sunday night, August 31, to see another part of the story!

The 38th Annual Silk Hope Old-Fashioned Farmers' Days will be held at the Silk Hope Farm Heritage Park. Find them on Facebook. Check in on foursquare. Browse this year's program book.

Visit the past. Marvel at how things were done years ago. Think of all the advances that have been made through the years!

• Antique Tractor Display
• Steam Engines in Operation
• Grist Mill
• Wheat Threshing
• Molasses Making
• Blacksmithing
• Antiques on Display
• Restored Farm Tractors
• Antique Farm Machinery (some in operation)
• Bringing it Home, the movie: Sat, Aug 31, 1pm
• Antique Cars
• Corn Shredding
• Shingle Mill
• Hit and Miss Engines
• Rock Crushing, 
• Farm Animals (Horses and Oxen) in working harness on display and in demonstrations during the weekend.
• A "Parade of Power" is planned for Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 3pm.

The festivities start Fri, Aug 30, with an Antique Tractor Pull on the Farm Heritage Park Arena grounds. Admission will be $5 with children under six admitted free. The gates open at 5:30pm with admission collected as cars enter the grounds and the pulling starting at 7pm. The Old Barn Entertainment Band has been scheduled to play for about 45 minutes before the pull!!

As usual, the GRAND OPENING SESSION with Welcome, Invocation, our National Anthem, and Flag Raising by Boy Scout Troup 911, will be around 9am on Saturday morning, 8/31/2013. Admission for the day is $8/person with children under 6 Free. There will be Music on the outdoor stage, in the Music/Show Barn, the Junior Dairy Show, Exhibits, Demonstrations of Farm Life from the past, a wide variety vendors spread throughout the grounds, plus lots of good food and Steam Cream, etc. all day long! At 10 am there will be a FREE Extreme Cowboy Race at the Arena Obstacle Course. At 2 pm the Kiddie Tractor Pull will be in the Show Barn and at 4 pm the Parade of Power will be led by the 2013 Raffle Truck. The Farm Heritage Park will close to the Public for the day when people finish eating.

Sunday activities begin with a 9am Church Service in the Music/Show Barn coordinated by the Rev. Jason Dickerson, pastor of the Silk Hope United Methodist Church Charge (Mt. Vernon and Sapling Ridge UMC Churches). Enjoy the events, exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, and many vendors, including some great food! And don't forget the Steam Cream!! Gospel Singing in the Music/Show Barn in the afternoon. Again at 4 pm the Parade of Power will be led by the 2013 Raffle Truck. Around 5 pm head to the (big Yellow) Ruritan Food Tent for your last chance to enjoy some of the best food you'll ever eat under a tent until next year - then to the Ice Cream Building for one last cup of Steam Cream!! Raffle Drawings and announcement of winners is scheduled for 7 pm. The Farm Heritage Park will close to the Public at 8pm.

The restored Farm Homestead includes the Sam Burke Log Barn and Arthur White Tobacco Barn (restored in 2008) which are on opposite sides of the Log Cabin that was restored a few years ago. Plans remain to have some cured tobacco in the Tobacco Barn again this year. Some typical outbuildings are also part of the "homestead." A step or two north of the Log Barn is the Blacksmith and Wheelwright Shop which was added in 2009. Just a few more steps upstream, the Poole Grist Mill (originally operated near Jackson Springs, NC from 1845-1951) will have its 4th year of operation producing stone-ground corn meal on the OFFD grounds, powered by a line shaft from the steam engine complex.

In the Steam Complex, the 1907 Corliss Steam Engine (operated by Wrenn Bros. Lumber Co, Siler City, N.C., until mid 1960's) with its 10' flywheel will again send power through lineshafts and belts to a 1920 Window and Door Manufacturing Shop, 1915 Cotton Gin, 1890 Liddell Cotton Bale Press, 1940 Saw Mill, 1916 Band Saw, 1930 Wood Planer, 1920 Trim Saw, 1940 Edger Saw, etc. A 50 KW electric generator is powered by a restored Ridgeway 80 hp steam engine. Since 2006 a buried line takes steam to another engine in the Pugh Memorial Ice Cream Building where each of the several churns can turn out 5 gallons of homemade vanilla ice cream at a time!

Quality Entertainment for all ages - Gospel Singing and Bluegrass Music by several local groups, Clogging/Folk Dancing (all on the Outdoor Music Stage and/or in the Music Barn); Flea Market, Antiques, Crafts, numerous Vendors, Children's Pedal Tractor Pull, Pony Rides, etc.

Great Food and Fixings: Pork BBQ, Fried Chicken Tenders, Hot Dogs, Home-made Ice Cream, Home Cooked Pintos, etc.
Sunday, 9am – Church Service in the Show Barn coordinated by South Fork Friends Meeting
Sunday, 2pm – 7:30pm in the Show Barn – The Harvesters and The Carolinians
Sunday, 7pm – Raffle Drawings and Announcement of winners in the Show Barn!

Events start with the Antique Tractor Pull on Friday night at 7pm (Gates open at 5pm; Food available)
Saturday, Sep 4,  6:30pm – Truck Pull and Motocross Jumping in the Farm Heritage ARENA. (Additional ADMISSION $10/person with children 6 and under FREE.)
Gates open at 6pm on Friday, Sept 3; 9am on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Sept 4 and 5. (The Farm Heritage Park closes to the public at 8:00 pm on Sunday night.)
General Admission is $7.00 per day per person; children 6 and under are FREE.
Parking is FREE.

Located 1 hour west of Raleigh, NC off US 64; 1 hour southeast of Greensboro via US 421 and US 64; 45 minutes south of Burlington, NC via NC 87 and Lindley Mill/Silk Hope-Lindley Mill Rd. 6 miles NE of Siler City, NC via Silk Hope Rd off US 64; Chatham County, NC

Silk Hope is at the intersection of Silk Hope Road and Silk Hope-Lindley Mill Road with Silk Hope-Liberty Road and Silk Hope-Gum Springs Road.

Sponsored by Silk Hope Ruritan Club, chartered in 1954.
Proceeds used in support of Community Service Activities.

Visit our websites: or for more information, photos, and last minute updates.

General Information Contact:
Ned Gaudette (OFFD Chairman) 919.542.2224
Buddy Lemons at Baker Limestone 919.742.4881
Jackie Johnson 919.742.2972 (Steam Engine Complex)

Vendors: Ned Gaudette 919.200.8898,
Campers: Harold Rogers 919.742.4406
Exhibitors get two free passes - Exhibitors (and others) subject to $15 per night for overnight stays at fairgrounds before Friday, Sept 3rd and after Sept 5th - Campground including electrical (110v) hookups: $60.00 for Friday and Saturday nights, includes two admissions. Primitive camping/parking is $15/night (no water/electrical).

David Hobson, for the Publicity Committee,
See video here. Password: silkhope

  • Address: 4221 Silk Hope Rd Siler City, NC 27344
  • Mailing Address: Siler City, NC 27344