Early Farm Days at Windmill

| January/February 1990

Well drilling rig

Ralph Herman's homebuilt well drilling rig got lots of notice at this year's Windmill Acres Early Farm Days.

P. O. Box 1144 Newton, North Carolina 28658

Roy Tucker never worries about what he's doing for Father's Day each year. He just loads the camper and heads about 50 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Windmill Acres Farm and the Early Farm Days celebration.

For the past eight years, Tucker, his wife Betty, and their two sons have spent Father's Day weekend at what is rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing celebrations of its kind in the southeast. This year more than 400 exhibitors were on hand for the three day event.

Early Farm Days at Windmill Acres features more than just engines. It is an extravaganza of gasoline and steam, a turn-of-the-century sawmill, reaping and baling exhibitions, a shingle mill, country store, an old farm house, miniature railroad, thousands of antique farm implements and tools, and daily performances by Sigmon's Belgian Show Horses.

Although the Tuckers spend most of their holiday weekend talking about little hit and miss engines with fellow exhibitors and visitors, 18-year-old Randy Tucker is busy showing younger children what can be done with a 4 HP Witte and a little ingenuity.

Riding a home-built tractor hitched to a flat bed trailer, Randy has been a popular attraction at Windmill Acres since he was 11 years of age when his dad built the little tractor as a father-son project. Hauling youngsters around the 200-acre farm has been a lot of fun for Randy, but he is quick to point out that his time at the annual affair has also been a great learning experience.