Strand Notebook | Southern Farm Days slated for March at Lake Waccamaw

Thousands of people from both Carolinas usually attend The Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association’s Southern Farm Days at the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Horse Complex.

The 140-acre campus, home to a working farm and lined with a vibrant pecan orchard, is located at Lake Waccamaw, N.C.

The 8th annual Southern Farm Days is on March 19 and 20.

Robert Mills is event coordinator and president of the Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association, which has about 60 members who will be working hard to make the Farm Days informative, fun and successful. A portion of the proceeds always goes to the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Mills said.

“We’ve given then quite a bit of money over the years,” he said.

Last year, there were over 260 old tractors there, mostly restored and working, and the organizers are expecting about the same number this year.

There are food vendors, craft vendors and numerous activities for adults and children to enjoy as they take a step back in time to life as it once was on farms for farm families.

There will be a church service at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning. On Sunday afternoon, there will be a Gospel sing featuring Derwin Hinson of Derwin Hinson Ministries. Hinson is a one-man Gospel band and plays about five instruments as he sings. Paige Patterson, past president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is quoted on Hinson’s webpage: “Not only is Derwin talented musically, but more importantly, his life stands behind what he plays and sings.”

There is a long list of activities that will be going on at Southern Farm Days, and they won’t make you walk too far because they have shuttles to take visitors from the parking lot to activity sites.

There will be a big auction at 10 a.m. that Saturday morning, Boys and Girls Homes tours, a parade of power, an antique tractor pull, a kiddy tractor pull, a horse and implement show, and a swap meet where anyone can take old farm related items and pay a fee to sell them.

Mills said they will have a portable sawmill working, but the regular sawmill that was donated to them is not yet in working order.

Visitors can see a homestead village; farm life activities, horse and mule farming demonstrations, and can go on wagon rides. Antiques will include tractors, engines, autos and more.

There will be a Civil War demonstration, a Wild West Show, Indian demonstrations and children’s games.

The story of the Boys and Girls homes of North Carolina is a long and interesting one that demonstrates the difference that volunteers in civic clubs and other volunteers can make.

According to its website, it was founded and established with the help of every major civic group, and since the first cottage was built in 1958, those groups have continued to support the homes and the children that live there.

For more information about the event, call Mills at 910-655-3638 or 910-547-6124, Shannon Gore at 910-640-9522 or visit

For more about Hinson or to hear his music, visit his website at

Peggy Mishoe,, 365-3885.