AMELIA COUNTY – Field Day of the Past is happy to announce that it has found a new home at Redfield Farm in Amelia. The public was invited to attend a free “Field Warming” open house on the occasion of Father’s Day.
âMy family has been going to Field Days of the Past since 2012. It’s a Gorman family tradition,â said Megan Gorman of Chesterfield. âMy brother and his family come from North Carolina with their children and we participate in the festivities every three days. My father Pat and my brother Justin are both members of the Oakwood Hunt Club and have always worked in the parking lot. My son, Colton used to count down the days until he could work with the greats.
âNow that Colton is 10 years old, he wakes up at 5 am to hang out with the team and stays until close. He’s so proud to be working Field Days,â Gorman added. “We are delighted that the owners of Redfield Farm have graciously opened their property for the enjoyment of the community, especially those of us for whom Field Days of the Past was a family tradition.”
âWe held a free open house at our new Redfield Farm site to introduce ourselves to the community and invited anyone interested in volunteering to visit the current Field Day volunteers, staff and board of directors. the Past, âsaid Field Day of the Past. Former Executive Director Linda Gammon.
It doesn’t fly anymore, but some of you might remember walking past the huge black and white cow that once stood over the field at Redfield Farm. The farm owned by John Mendel and Emma Graham is located at 12000 Patrick Henry Highway.
âWe invited individuals, civic groups and even businesses to come and share part of their Father’s Day with us for a few hours,â Gammon said. âWe are very excited about this new site. This is an opportunity to review our programs and reassess what we do.
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âAs for the buildings, a number of them have been loaned out and others are not structurally strong enough to move,â Gammon said. “At some point we will be moving some of them along with our collections which include hundreds of historical artifacts related to our heritage.”
The Field Day collections, comprising a wide variety of items ranging from large machines to small household items, have been on display at their annual exhibitions and have also been used in outreach programs in schools.
According to Gammon, they moved some basic items to use on their open house, such as their counters, check-in trailer, information booth and gift shop.
âWe don’t have the resources to move whatever we want right now,â Gammon said.
The Field Day of the Past board, committee members, volunteers, and Gammon only had 2.5 months to organize an event that typically takes 13 months to plan.
âIt took 30 years to build what we had in Rockville. It won’t happen overnight,â said Gammon. “I don’t want people to think they’re going to see the event that took place in Rockville pick up and move to Amelia. It won’t be a time bubble.”
Open house events included pulling trucks and tractors, pony rides, arts and crafts, a mechanical bull, vendors, demonstrators and pageants, vintage vehicles and tractors, as well as small engines, vintage construction equipment, and sawmill displays and demonstrations.
Participants were treated to a free barbecue prepared by Archer’s BBQ.
âWally, our ambassador was there,â Gammon explained.
Gammon’s daughter created Wally the Pig. He is a 4 foot wooden cutout who enjoys taking selfies with people
âMy daughter drew it, my husband cut it out, and then my daughter painted it,â Gammon said. “He’s traveling with us to other places to promote Field Days of the Past.”
Many people helped make Field Day a successful event, and event organizers are hopeful that the support will continue. Over the years, thousands of dollars have been donated to many local charities, nonprofits and organizations from a portion of the proceeds from the event.
Community support has made it possible to donate to the following people over the years: Massey Cancer Center, Boy Scouts of America, American Heart Association, several hospices, rescue teams and fire departments, Habitat for Humanity, churches, Goochland Food Pantry, 4 -H, organizations, medical charities, Mothers of Christmas programs, veterans groups and many more.
The final Country day of the past held at the Rockville site about 15 miles west of downtown Richmond on Ashland Road between Interstate 64 and Broad Street Road was said to have taken place last year in September, however, it was canceled due of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The inaugural event imagined and organized by the Rockville-Centerville Steam and Gas Historical Association held in Goochland County in 1992 attracted approximately 5,000 visitors, âsaid Gammon. “It has gone up to over 35,000.”
âCome experience, experience and grow with us,â said Gammon. âWe will be hosting our 29th Annual Past Field Day at the site from September 17-19. We are delighted and eager to start a new chapter in our history. “
For more information call 804-741-8468, visit fielddayofthepast.net, email [email protected] or follow them on Facebook.
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