Get back to your roots with Heritage Day, county fair

Published 9:50 am Saturday, September 13, 2014

People often turn to this newspaper to find something to do, and we’re always glad to help.

Take this weekend, for example. It should come as no surprise that we advocate Western Tidewater residents attend both Heritage Day and the Isle of Wight County Fair.

The first is largely a celebration of skills, craftsmanship and artistry that bit by bit have contributed to the culture and economy of Southampton County. You will see that the food and clothes we so easily buy today once required intense regular labor.

Among the many on-site demonstrations, children and their parents can learn how and why people had to milk cows, churn butter, keep bees, make soap and shear sheep for themselves.

Rain or shine, the Heritage Day takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Southampton Heritage Village and Agriculture and Forestry Museum, 26315 Heritage Lane in Courtland. Admission is the nominal price of $4 for adults and $1 for school-age children.

Up the road, so to speak, the county fair is an annual pageant of agriculture, music and wholesome fun. You can see Isle of Wight’s own rural roots in the form of 4H competitions, hear some visiting musicians or enjoy the amusement rides and carnival food.

Yes, we know the forecast is calling for rain, but the weathermen have been known to be wrong before.