Virginia Peanut Festival

Be a Part of the Virginia Peanut Festival

The Virginia Peanut Festival is just around the corner.  The festival will begin with the Kick-off Cook Off on Thursday, September 24th.  The Parade will be on Saturday, 26th September.

If you would like to be a part of the Festival, here are the applications you need to fill out.

Parade Application

All parade applications for the Virginia Peanut Festival Parade (to be held on Saturday, Sept. 26th) need to be received by this Thursday, Sept. 17th.

 

Food Vendor Application

Information Booth Application

Arts and Craft Application

Car Show Application

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56th Annual Virginia Peanut Festival is Next Weekend

This 56th annual event presented by the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce features various festival activities Thursday - Saturday in Veterans Memorial Park and a carnival with rides, games and favorite fair food Thursday - Sunday at the Old Elementary School site.

The peanut harvest celebration starts with the annual Kick-Off Kook-Off Food Tasting Competition on Thursday. Festival highlights include live music, arts and crafts, the annual Car & Truck Show, a peanut farm tour, farm animal petting zoo, Civil War re-enactors, educational exhibits, antique tractor displays and a variety of festival food. The annual parade will roll at 11 am on Saturday, with a fireworks display at night.

Festival and carnival admission and parking are free. Call 866-666-3247 for ride prices and specials, or visit DreamlandAmusements.com.

Midway hours are 5-10 pm Thursday, 5-11 pm Friday, noon - 11 pm Saturday, and noon - 5 pm Sunday. Festival hours are 4:30-9:30 pm Thursday, 4:30-11 pm Friday, and 9:30 am - 11 pm Saturday. Visit EmporiaGreensvilleChamber.com for event updates.

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IT’S RAINING DOGS AT THIS YEAR'S PEANUT FESTIVAL

This adorable doggie quilt is one of the many quilts that will be on display at the free Quilt Show at the Richardson Memorial Library during the Peanut Festival.

There will be dogs on display at the Meherrin Piecemakers’ Quilt Show during the Virginia Peanut Festival.  This is one of the many whimsical quilts that will be displayed at the Richardson Memorial Library on Saturday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  While at the Peanut Festival, take a break to cool off and see the many creations the quilters have crafted.  Quilters will be on hand to answer questions about they many styles and techniques on display at the free event.

The Quilt Guild meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia at 7:00 p.m.   The guild welcomes individuals of all skill levels to join.  Beginners and experienced quilters alike will learn new techniques and ways of expressing their love of this craft. The guild also supports the community by making quilts for oncology patients, donating to a local Food Bank, and donating to victims of domestic violence.  For more information, contact guild president, Marcia Headley at (434) 658-1555.

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Free Quilt Show During Peanut Festival

Emporia quilters prepare to display their quilts at a free Quilt Show at the Richardson Memorial Library during the Peanut Festival.

The Meherrin Piecemakers' Quilt Guild is preparing to display quilts in a free Quilt Show at the Richardson Memorial Library on Saturday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Virginia Peanut Festival.  There will be variety of quilting techniques on display including, pieced and appliquéd bed quilts, wall hangings and other interesting and colorful handmade items.

The Quilt Guild meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia at 7:00 p.m.   The guild welcomes individuals of all skill levels to join.  Beginners and experienced quilters alike will learn new techniques and ways of expressing their love of this craft. The guild also supports the community by making quilts for oncology patients, donating to a local Food Bank, and donating to victims of domestic violence.  For more information, contact guild president, Marcia Headley at (434) 658-1555.

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2017 Virginia Peanut Festival CAr Show Winners

55th ANNUAL VPF CAR AND TRUCK SHOW

2017 Special Awards

 

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AWARD

VEHICLE

OWNER

1

Most Chrome

1957 Chevy Bel Air

Tommy & Connie Jordan

2

Least Chrome

1919 Ford Model T

Billy & Steve Soles

3

Highest Ride

2016 GMC Sierra

Andra Washington

4

Lowest Ride

1951 Chevy 2 dr. ht.

David Kruschke

5

Most Original            

1978 Lincoln Towncar

Bill & Marian Thompson

6

Best Interior

1964 Chevy Impala

James Jones Jr.

7

Best Exterior

1961 Chevy Impala

Everett Turner

8

Best Engine                

1966 Ford F100

 Bert Dickens

9

Charles Taylor Mem. Award

1985 Chevy S10

Billy Smith

10

Pam’s Choice Award

1968 Ford Mustang

Chris Ellis

11

People’s Choice Award

1998 Pontiac TransAM

Camaron Lewis

12

Most Club Participation

           NC

Stray Cats Car Club

13

Best Paint

1968 Ford Mustang

Chris Ellis

14

Best Appearing, Ford

1962 Ford Galaxie 500

Tommy Hawkins

15

Best Appearing, Ford Truck

1933 Ford Street Rod

Bill Austin

16

Best Appearing, GM Product

1967 Chevy Camaro

Doug Simms

17

Best Appearing, GM Truck

1957 Chevy P-up

David Driver

18

Best Appearing, Mopar

1968 Plymouth Rd. Rn.

Doug  Vaughan

19

Best Appearing Truck

1953 Ford F100

Brice Vecchioni

20

Best Appearing Antique

1931 Ford Model A

Al Peschke

21

Best Appearing, Motorcycle,  “Daily Rider”

2012 Yamaha     Roadliner

Johnnie Long

22

Best Appearing, Motorcycle

2010 Honda Custom Fury

Larry Barnes

23

Best Appearing, New Model

2015 Ford Mustang

Akeem Parker

24

Best Appearing, Race Car

1984 Chevy Camaro

Timothy Briley

25

Best Appearing, Street Rod

1933 Ford Coupe

Al Fibish 

26

Best Display

2005 Chevy SSR

Mel Ogburn

27

Best Peanut Display

1957 Chevy P-up

David Driver

28

Billy Harrup Memorial Award “Make a Buck Truck”

 1969 GMC P-up

Randall Turner

29

Top Dog Award

1965 Ford Mustang

Thomas Pope

30

Seein’ Nothin’ But Taillights

1982 Chevy S10

Stuart Slagle

31

Pro’s Pick

1946 Ford Coupe

William Ellison

32

Virginia Wheels Club Choice

1951 Chevy Hardtop

David Kruschke

  33

Distance Award

1967 Chevy El Camino

William Kop

34

Johnny Pearson Award

1936 Chevy Rat Rod

Herbert Smiley

35

Billy Hedgepeth Award

1969 Plymouth GTX

Charlie Norwood

36

George Blick Mem. Award

1957 Chevy Cameo

James Nicholson

37

Special Interest Award

1967 Chevy Camaro

William Kop

38   

Best In Show, Street Rod                                                   

1932 Ford Coupe

Tip Tipton

39

Best In Show, Motorcycle

2011 Harley TriGlide

Jessie Harrell

  40

Best In Show, Truck

2005 Chevy SSR

Mel Ogburn

  41

Best In Show, Car

1955 Chevy Bel Air

James Wrenn

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#

AWARD

VEHICLE

OWNER

1

Most Chrome

1957 Chevy Bel Air

Connie Jordan

2

Least Chrome

1919 Ford Model T

Billy Soles

3

Highest Ride

1963 Ford F-100

Richard Wrenn

4

Lowest Ride

1955 Chevy Bel Air

Charlie Robinson

5

Most Original            

1967 Pontiac GTO

Kelvin Clarke

6

Best Interior

1955 Chevy Bel Air

Thurston Vann

7

Best Exterior

2014 Harley CVO

Amy Long

8

Best Engine                

1955 Chevy Bel Air

James Wrenn

9

Appreciation, ’16 Dash Plate

1961 Ford Conv. Sunliner

Roy A. Roberts Jr.

10

Charles Taylor Mem. Award

1964 Chevy Impala SS

Billy & Kathy Rackley

11

Pam’s Choice Award

1974 Chevy Camero

Roscoe Reavis

12

People’s Choice Award

1988 Chevy Monte Carlo

Joseph Seward

13

Most Club Participation

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#10

14

Best Paint

1966 Ford Mustang

Chuck Floyd

15

Best Appearing, Ford

1962 Ford Galaxy 500

Tommy Hawkins

16

Best Appearing, Ford Truck

1966 Ford F-100

Bert Dickens

17

Best Appearing, Import

2007 Subaru WRX

Eddie Pearce

18

Best Appearing, GM Product

1955 Chevy Bel Air

Charlie Robinson

19

Best Appearing, GM Truck

1965 Chevy Pick-up

Walter Lynch

20

Best Appearing, Mopar

1968 Plymouth Rd.Runner

Doug & Sue Vaughn

21

Best Appearing  Mopar Truck

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None

22

Best Appearing Antique

1933 Ford Tudor

Alan Fibish

23

Best Appearing, Motorcycle,  “Daily Rider”

2011 Harley CVO Soft Tail

Michael Long

24

Best Appearing, Motorcycle

2009 Suzuki Hogabusa

Marcus Long

25

Best Appearing, New Model

2015 Chevy Colorado

Benjamin Torbert

26

Best Appearing, Race Car

1969 Chevy Camero

Billy Lyles

27

Best Appearing, Street Rod

1950 Chevy Bel Air

Joe Barnes

28

Best Display

1967 Ford Mustang Conv.

Susan Harrell

29

Best Peanut Display

1967 Dodge Dart GTS

Billy Prince

30

Billy Harrup Memorial Award “Make a Buck Truck”

1936 Rat Rod Truck

Herbert  Smiley

31

Top Dog Award

1965 Chevy CorvetteConv.

Herbert Tuck Jr.

32

Seein’ Nothin’ But Taillights

1982 Chevy S-10

Stuart Slagle

33

Pro’s Pick

1959 Chevy Impala

Don Vtipil

34

Virginia Wheels Club Choice

1957 Chevy Pick-up

Dave Driver

  35

Distance Award

130 Miles

Marcus Long

36

Johnny Pearson Mem. Award

1962 Chevy Impala

Cindy Vann

37

Billy Hedgepeth Mem. Award

1965 Ford Mustang GT

Jason Ellis

38

George Blick Mem. Award

1953 Ford F-100

Bruce Vecchioni

39

Good Guys Award

1936 Chevy Coupe

Wright & Cindy Pond

40

Special Interest Award

1937 Chevy 2 dr. Sedan

Bruce Tudor

41     

Best In Show, Street Rod                                                   

1932 Ford Coupe

Chris Ellis

42

Best In Show, Motorcycle

2012 Road Yamaha

Johnnie & Debbie Long

  43

Best In Show, Truck

1933 Ford Pick-up

Bill Austin

  44

Best In Show, Car

1969 Chevy Chevelle

Gary Houchins

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2015 Peanut Festival Highlight Slideshow

Rain, at times heavy, did dampen the festivities, but those of us that braved the weather enjoyed the 2015 Virginia Peanut Festival.

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Virginia Peanut Festival Car Show Winners

53rd ANNUAL VPF CAR AND TRUCK SHOW

2015 Special Awards

2015 Dash Plaque Recipient: Roy A. Roberts Jr. “Big Al”

#

AWARD

VEHICLE

OWNER

1

Least Chrome

`37 Chevy 2 dr. Sedan

Bruce Tudor

2

Lowest Ride

`86 Mazda B2000

Larry Banks

3

Most Original            

`89 Chevy Corvette

Mason Bradley

4

Best Interior

`86 Chevy Astro Van

Willie Davis

5

Pam’s Choice Award

`52 Chevy Styleline Cp.

Cindy Vann

6

People’s Choice Award

`52 Chevy  Styleline Cp.

Cindy Vann

7

Best Appearing, Ford

`63 Ford Galaxie 500

Donald Dade

8

Best Appearing, Ford Truck

  2010 Ford F-150 p/up

Bennie Acree

9

Best Appearing, Import

  2013 Subaru BRZ

Felicia Goode

10

Best Appearing, GM Product

`55 Chevy Bel Air

David Carter

11

Best Appearing, Mopar

`95 Dodge Dakota p/up

Lester Brannan

12

Best Appearing Antique

`51 Chevy Sedan

David Turner

13

Best Appearing, Motorcycle,  “Daily Rider”

2010 Harley Ultra       Classic

 

Lee Seymour

14

Best Appearing, Motorcycle

2005 Harley Electra Glide

                        Dennis Halderman

15

Best Appearing, New Model

2005 Ford Mustang

Jason Poythress

16

Best Appearing, Race Car

`84 Camaro Drag Car

Timothy Briley

17

Best Appearing, Street Rod

`68 Chevy Chevelle

Bobby Cherry

18

Billy Harrup Memorial Award “Make a Buck Truck”

                                         2011 Ford F-150

                           Tony Wesson

19

Seein’ Nothin’ But Taillights

`65 Ford Comet

Mello Davis

20

Good Guys Award

`37 Chevy Sedan

Bruce Tudor

21

Special Interest Award

`57 Chevy Handyman

Jack Neal

22     

Best In Show, Street Rod                                                  

`37 Chevy Business Cp.

Thurston Vann

23

Best In Show, Motorcycle

 2001 Harley Trike

Linda Childress

  24

Best In Show, Truck

 2005 Chevy SSR

Mel Ogburn

  25

Best In Show, Car

`52 Chevy Styleline Cp.

Cindy Vann

 

 

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Peanut Festival Underway

Mr. Peanut poses with this year's Grand Marshall, Mrs. Ruth Tillar

he 53rd Virginia Peanut Festival kicked off with last evening's Kick-off Kook-off.  Thirteen of Emporia's finest home cooks and professional chefs offered tasty treats and faced the judgment of the crowd.  Mr. Peanut was also present to greet and take photos with guests.

    

Spivey's Market, represented by Lance and Lisa Williams (pictured above left), offering Peanut Chipotle Chicken.  Virginia Staffing Group, represented by Kelly Epps and Lytricia Warren-Moore (pictured above right) baked Homemade Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Butter Creme Icing. 

    

Tiffany Slagle and Sherry Scott (pictured above left) made Peanut Butter Crispy Bars while Jean Cobb made (pictured above right) Peanut Butter Haystacks.

    

Kristen Vaughan (above left) baked Peanut Butter Cupcakes.  Jason Holt, the new chef at The Bank by Kahills (above right), cooked Chicken and Cabbage Alfredo Tacos.

Trula Hepner and Joshua Grooms, of HHS at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center had two entries, Broccoli Salad with Spicy Thai Peanut Dressing and Pound Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing and a Dark Chocolate Drizzle.

    

Mike Wells (avobe left), also had two offerings Peanut Butter Ice Cream, with a touch of Cashew Butter and Peanut Brittle.  Elizabeth Wells (above right), owner of the new eatery City Girl with Country Hands made Peanut Soup.

The entries were divided into categories and prizes were awarded for each category.  Winners were: Main Course-Jason Holt, The Bank by Kahills; Side Trula Hepner and Joshua Grooms, HHS; Dessert-Lytricia Warren-Moore and Kelly Epps of Virginia Staffing Group.  Nutty Mention went to Mike Wells.

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53rd Annual Peanut Festival Starts Today! UPDATED

The 53rd Virginia Peanut Festival starts Today.  The Kick-off Kook-off, held at the Farmer's Market at 6 pm, will be the first event of the annual festival.  The event will feature local cooks competing for top prize for the best Peanut themed entry.

The Carnival will also get underway today.  Today and Sunday will offer $22 wrist bands for unlimited rides.

City of Emporia Emergency Services Coordinator has warned of inclement weather for the weekend, here is the most recent update. There is still a lot of uncertainty with the weather for the weekend, while the forecast is for 50% chance of rain Friday and 60 to 70% chance on Saturday, they only expect Emporia to get less than an inch of total accumulation , winds will be about what they are today with higher gust at times. That means it should not rain all the time! However as with any guess as to what the weather will be tomorrow , it just may change.

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