DRAFT HORSE, MULE AND HAFLINGER SHOWS WILL HI-LIGHT
MARTINSVILLE’S HERITAGE DAYS FESTIVAL
Martinsville’s Heritage Days Festival, scheduled for June 12-15 will host one of the largest Draft Horse, Mule and Haflinger Shows in this area. Over 125 of the majestic horses are expected to compete in this inaugural show for the Festival. Saturday afternoon there will be 16 halter classes showing in front of the grandstands at the Martinsville Fairgrounds. On Sunday afternoon, the audience will enjoy 15 classes of hitches, including six and four horse hitches, teams, carts and more. The Draft Horse Six-Horse Hitch class is a sanctioned competition for points toward the national title, bringing some of the top teams in the nation to this event. The horse shows will start at 1:00 p.m. each day. There is no admission and parking is free, so come out and take advantage of this opportunity to see some of the most beautiful horses in the world compete.
An all-Equine Parade will kick off the festival activities at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Fairgrounds. This year’s parade will be on the track in front of the grandstand. A Conestoga wagon, horse-drawn hearse, chuck wagon, horse-drawn farm equipment, carts, saddle horses, ponies, mules and more are expected to be in this year’s parade. All horsemen are invited to participate; for information on how to pre-register, please call Brenda at 217-232-3232. Other Festival activities at the Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday will include free barrel train rides for the children; a Native American Reenactment; demonstrations of period-life skills, all your favorite food vendors and a wide variety of Artists and Artisans offering their hand-made items for sale.
Evening entertainment during the Heritage Days Festival will be held at the Linn Park Amphitheater in downtown Martinsville. The schedule is: Friday, June 12 (starting at 6:00 p.m.) – A Night of Bluegrass featuring Salt Creek, Coon Holler Kids, Cornfields & Crossroads and Firebox; Saturday, June 13 (starting at 6:30) Country Music by Jake Hoult and Battlecreek; Sunday, June 13 (starting at 7:00) Comedian/Songwriter Aaron Wilburn. There will be food vendors available each evening. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the wide variety of top entertainment each evening. In the case of inclement weather, performances will be held in the Martinsville High School Gymnasium.
All events of the Festival are FREE, and there is no fee for admission or parking, so plan to spend the weekend in Martinsville enjoying all of the Heritage Day Festival activities! For details of the Festival schedule, go to: martinsvilleheritagedays.com
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