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Shockley’s Old-Timey Festival 2010

By: Everett S

Below is a video highlighting some of our favorite demonstrations at the annual Shockey’s Old Timey Festival in Hillsville, VA. One of my favorite things about living “in the country” is that people still know how to do this stuff. Mrs. Simpleton was able to learn how to use a spinning wheel from one of the ladies in this video, and I’m sure others would be more than happy to share their knowledge of old-timey crafts around here.

We met up with several folks we know, which is another thing I enjoy about living here. The chances of randomly seeing five or six acquaintances at a big festival in a city like Denver (where we recently moved from) is pretty slim. It really makes you feel like part of a community when you get to share a joyous day like this with family, friends, and neighbors. Without further adieu…

Category: Arts & Crafts, Funny, Places, The Transplants, Videos

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  1. EL says:

    Thanks for sharing Everett- you what the amazing part is about that entire video?

    The kids! Not one of them, that I could see, had a cell phone or gaming unit or anything else techy in hand while spending time with the family. And, they actually looked like they were having fun!

  2. mark shockley says:

    thanks I’am the onwer of the old timey day we will be having the event OCT 2 & 3 because it was rained out sunday come join us this weekend

  3. Tommy says:

    Ahhh! We totally forgot about this, but I am so glad you got the highlights on film. It’s great, I especially enjoyed seeing the syrup evaporator! Thanks.

  4. Laura Jeanne says:

    Super cool. This event looks like a lot of fun–too bad nothing like that exists in my area.

    I’d like to ask though, what was that big rectangular vat of greenish looking liquid?

  5. Mr. Simpleton says:


    That was sugar cane juice being evaporated to make molasses. I’m not sure if it was actually sugar cane or what we called Sorghum though.

  6. Ronnie & Sara says:

    Thanksfor the video and thanks to Mr Shockley for aloowing us to be a part of Old Timey Days. It gets better every year…

  7. Ronnie & Sara says:

    Thanks to Mr Shockley for allowing us to be a part of old timey days. It keeps getting better every year…..

  8. Lani says:

    Hi guys! Chris and I will be in Copper Hill, VA this weekend and all next week (near Floyd). Would love to meet up and see the farm if you are around!

  9. Kellan says:

    Hi, I just stumbled across your youtube channel and blog. I think what you’re doing is really cool. I’m VERY interested in buying a farm and was wondering if there is any advice/tips you could give me?


  10. Mr. Simpleton says:

    Thanks Kellan! I checked out your blog. How did your recent soap experiment turn out?

    Go to . There is a section about buying off grid and/or rural land.

    My advice would be to make sure you have an income wherever you’re moving to; don’t take on any more debt (e.g. mortgage) than you have to (preferably none, but we had to take some on like most people) and don’t, don’t, don’t try to do everything all at once when you finally make the move. I’m just learning how to NOT do that myself!

    Cheers and good luck!


  11. Sharyl V says:

    I really enjoyed the video. We don’t live far and I would like to take the kids next year. Thank you for sharing.

    Everett, we will be in Hillsville Friday 10/6 and was hoping we could take a tour of the farm. If you are available, can you e-mail me your details?

    Thanks – S

  12. jessica says:

    I actually stumbled across your site by accident, however I am impressed. I am 50 yrs old and my hubby of 32yrs is 51. We have raised 3 sons, lived our lifetime keeping up with the Jone’es only to wake up everyday now tired, worn out and displeased with our hectic lifestyles. We talk nightly about giving up the drive to gain MORE and resorting to downsizing and enjoying a more simpler life of contentment. We are both very gifted and creative yet it remains supressed because of all the hustle and bustle of expectations we live by. It is refreshing to see two younger people “GET” the real meaning of life and the endurance to make it reality. Keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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