Field Day of the Past
@ Redfield Farm
Post Office Box, Richmond, VA 23242 804-741-8468
CONTACT: MELINDA B. GAMMON
Field Day of the Past relocates to Redfield Farm in Amelia County
Field Day of the Past, one of central Virginia’s best loved events, will be relocating to Amelia County after almost three decades of hosting the show in Goochland County. The move comes after more than a year-long search for a new site for the three-day event.
The Rockville-Centerville Steam & Gas Historical Association (RCSGHA), sponsor of Field Day of the Past, will be moving its base over operations from Goochland to Redfield Farm in Amelia over the next year. In the meantime, the association will be hosting its 29th annual show on the property from Sept. 17-19, 2021, as Field Day of the Past at Redfield Farm.
RCSGHA president, Terry McNeely said, “This is both an exciting time and a challenging one for us. We have the unique opportunity to re-examine, refine and, in some cases, redirect our programs. We also face the daunting task of recreating a new showground to accommodate our needs in just a few months.” Field Day of the Past members and volunteers are working frantically to host the September event. “There is a lot of work to be done,” McNeely added “and we are looking forward to working with the citizens and businesses of Amelia County to make this a successful and long-term venture for everyone.”
The non-profit RCSGHA had traditionally offered an agriculture based, educational program at its annual show and other events it sponsors. These programs will remain at the heart of the association’s future. Because the Field Day of the Past volunteers have only two months to plan its annual event, some of the demonstrations which typically take place will not occur. Many, however, will find their way onto this year’s schedule of events – hay baling, the operation of the Grasberger wooden ice cream making machine and the stick handle machine, sawmilling, blacksmithing and similar activities are on the program. Sawmilling, construction equipment demonstrations, antique vehicle, tractor and lawnmower exhibits, and historic reenactments will also take place. Carnival rides, pony rides, a mechanical bull, a consignment sale, tractor, truck and lawnmower pulls, arts and crafts booths and commercial and corporate vendors are all part of the 2021 program. Additional activities, exhibits and demonstrations will be added over the coming weeks.
Spaces are now available for arts and crafts, commercial and corporate vendors. Sponsorship opportunities are available for several activities which are on this year’s programs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office for more information.
The association is also requesting donations to aid in moving its collections and establishing its new site. Donations can be made directly to Field Day of the Past or on the GoFundMe Page.
Visit the website at fielddayofthepast.net, keep updated on Facebook or call the office at 804-741-8468 for more information.
The Rockville-Centerville Steam & Gas Historical Association is a 501(c)(3) not profit organization operating under Codes of the Internal Revenue Service. All donations are tax deductible.