A few years ago, the Lloyd family began planning events to hold at their barn on North Lloyd’s Dairy Road. An idea that was conceived to help sustain agritourism soon grew, however, for two reasons.
The first development was Craig Lloyd’s father Ben Lloyd mentioning that the family should expand to hold more events on the farm. Then, in April 2018, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz visited the Lloyd family farm and Lloyd, who is also a member of the Hillsborough Hog Day Committee for the Hillsborough Optimistic Club, gave the two men Hog Day t-shirts. When Wolfe and Fritz asked if Hog Day was an antique festival, it sparked an idea for Craig.
With that, the inaugural Tar Heel Antiques Show was held a year later by the Lloyd family on their property. Craig, his father Ben, his sister Cheryl Humphrey and his brother Andy Lloyd collaborated to make the event happen. The show, which included auctions, vendors, and appraisals, brought together people from all over the region, from North Carolina all the way down to Florida. Even though it was the first time the Lloyd family had held the event, Craig was not surprised by its overwhelming success.
“We had actually consulted with a gentleman that runs the one in Liberty, antiques festival, so he kind of helped guide us and gave us advice and things along the way,” Lloyd explained.
Soon after holding the spring show, Craig was inundated with requests by vendors, who told him that since the family had held a spring show, they must also do one in the fall.
Craig agreed, and he and his family quickly began planning out the project to hold the Tar Heel Antique and Christmas Craft Show this fall.
The festival, which will be held Nov. 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., merges the old Daniel Boone Christmas Craft Show with the spring Tar Heel Antique Festival held by the Lloyd family, and features sponsors, vendors, auctions, appraisals, hay rides and more. More information can also be found at the event’s website at www.tarheelantiquesfestival.com.
“What we’re blessed with at our facility is we have got hundreds of acres there that we’ve got plenty of places for the vendors to set up outside, plenty of parking and then our barn there covers about 20,000 square feet under roof,” Craig said.
The expansive site not only gives vendors more space, but it also allows the Lloyd family room to have an antique car show for visitors to admire vintage vehicles as they walk around the farm. For any attendees who own cars 25 years or older and wish to bring them along, they will gain two free tickets for an event that otherwise costs just $5.
Some of the vendors for the festival include Brookhollow Antiques from Efland, crafters whose products include everything from yard arts to wooden sculptures, and a professional who specializes in 1800’s antiques.
The auction, meanwhile, will allow attendees and vendors to donate items that can be bid on. Some of the items that were at the spring show included an old seat from the Durham Bulls stadium, a piece of an old cottage, and antiquated cameras.
As the success for the event is expected to grow, Craig feels confident that more expansion for this unique celebration will occur, and the fall and spring festivals could soon become a staple in the Hillsborough community.
“That’s one of the things that I think was encouraging when we talked to the gentleman who runs the one over in Liberty is he said, ‘Look, we need more antique festivals like this,’” Craig said. “He said that many of the ones that had been established for years had gone away. People really enjoy that with the whole deal with the American Pickers and all the different excitement around antique collecting and things like that. It’s kind of a rejuvenation right now.”