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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

2017 Virginia Peanut Festival CAr Show Winners

55th ANNUAL VPF CAR AND TRUCK SHOW

2017 Special Awards

 

#

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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Winners of 2016 VPF Car Show Announced

54th ANNUAL VPF CAR AND TRUCK SHOW

2016 Special Awards

2016 Dash Plaque Recipient: Roy A. Roberts Jr. “Big Al”

#

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

Oldies But Goodies     

#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

None

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

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.

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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CHAIRMAN: EARL BLICK

Title Sponsors: Boyd Chevrolet & Link’s Electrical

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.

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.

2014 Peanut Festival Parade Highlights

2014 Peanut Festival A huge Success

The 52nd Annual Virginia Peanut Festival is now one for the history books.  Thousands of area citizens descended on downtown Emporia.  The Festival included a peanut themed cook-off to kick things off on Thursday.  Friday's festivities included continued carnival rides and  music in Veteran's Memorial Park.

Saturday was the big day, though, with the majority of the Festival's activities.  The day began with a Parade that included political candidates, floats from area organizations and churches and four marching bands.   After the parade the festivities continued at both the Carnival and the Park.  In addition, there was also a Car Show at Main Street Baptist Church and the Meherrin Piecemakers Quilt Show at Village View.  Saturday night wrapped up with the annual fireworks display.  A video of the fireworks display is shown below this article.

While things were winding down on Sunday, there was still plenty of fun at the Park and the Carnival was open until late afternoon.

52nd Peanut Festival Kicks Off With Kook -Off

This year's Peanut Festival got off to a tasty start Thursday as area cooks vied to prepare the best peanut recipe.  Mr. Peanut was on hand as over 100 people judged the entries in three categories. Appetizers/Side Dishes/Sauces, Main Dish, Dessert plus a wild-card: Nutty Mention. 

Competing in the Appetizer/Side Dish/Sauce Category were the Boys and Girls Club, Bill and Teen Howell of Nationwide Insurance.  The Boys and Girls Club went healthy with Vanilla Flavored Peanut Butter and a choice of dippers-apples, carrots, celery or strawberries.  Bill and Teen Howell were serving "Billz Nuts," deep fried Virginia Peanuts with Himalayan Salt.

In the Main Dish Category there were three entries.  Stacy Bradshaw prepared Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles for judging and served with Thai Crunchy Salad with Peanut Dressing as a bonus.  The Bank by Kahill's entered Pad Thai.  Spivey's Market served Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Four contestants entered the Dessert Category.  The first contestant seen as people entered the Farmer's Market was Mike Wells with a very tasty Peanut Ice Cream and Peanut Ice Cream with Pineapple.  Tia Powell entered with Peanut Triangles-a shortbread type crust topped with buttery toffee and peanuts.  Kelly Epps of Virginia Staffing prepared Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls, which she described as a cross between peanut butter fudge and chocolate chip cookies.  Jean Cobb served Loaded Preacher Cookies-chocolate-peanut butter no bake oatmeal cookies with chunks of peanuts and raisins.

Guests were tasked with sampling and judging each entry while being entertained with live music.  There was also an opportunity to enter an 50/50 raffle and visit.  Also available were beer and wine while the votes were tallied.

Shortly before 8:00 the winners were announced and are pictured below.

Winner of the Best Appetizer/Side Dish/Sauce was Bill and Teen Howell of Nationwide Insurance.

Returning as Champion in the Dessert Catagory was Jean Cobb

Mike Wells won the Nutty Mention.

The Best Main Dish was, hands down, Spivey's Market.

Jennifer Turner was the winner of the 50/50 raffle.

Peanut Festival Schedule

THE 52ND VIRGINIA PEANUT FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 25-28, 2014
VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
201 SOUTH MAIN STREET EMPORIA, VIRGINIA 23847            

Sunday, September 28, 2014 – Sunday Picnic in the Park!

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.    Sunday Picnic in the Park – Entertainment to be announced!  Bring a blanket and picnic with your friends in the park.  Pack a lunch or enjoy some fair food one last time!

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.       Carnival, Rides & Games

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.       Food/Craft Vendors in the Park

Colerides.com Carnival coming to Virginia Peanut Festival in Emporia Sept 25 - 28, 2014.

Cole Shows Amusement Company, Inc. - colerides.com is pleased to announce they will be returning to the 52nd Annual Virginia Peanut Festival in Emporia, September 25th through 28th.  Owner, R C Cole has proudly owned and operated "Virginia's Finest Amusement Company" for the past twenty-five years, providing quality amusement rides and affordable family entertainment.

Colerides.com is extremely proud of our excellent safety record and reputation.  The company has been utilized yearly for the Jack Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy.

Colerides.com offers a remarkable amusement midway this year for the VA Peanut Festival in Emporia.  Featured rides will include the Ferris Wheel, Catch N Air, Rainbow, Scat, Sizzler, Jungle Crawl, Slide, Dragon Wagon and many more rides for all ages. Also available will be the games and food. 

Don't miss it!! - September 25th through 28th at the VA Peanut Festival in Emporia.  Carnival opens daily at 6 PM and weekends at Noon.  Unlimited Ride Special will be available on Thursday, September 25th.  Visit colerides.com for more info and updates.

Miss Davida Jackson Crowned Miss Virginia Peanut Festival

The 2014 Miss Virginia Peanut Festival Pageant was held yesterday, with Miss Davida Jackson receiving the crown.  Miss Jackson competed in her first pageant, the Miss Virginia Pageant, this summer and came in Third Runner Up in her group of more than 200 young ladies.  Miss Jackson's hobbies include cheerleading and dance.

This year's pageant saw the introduction of gentlemen for the first time,  with the first Little Master Crown going to Qunitavion O'NeryQunitavion has a pet Pit Bull named Cinnamon and enjoys his X-Box 360 and cooking.

Winners in the Baby Miss category included the Photogenic award and First Runner Up Kylei-Ava Sloan and Aubree Lynn Seward winning both the Third Place Sponsor's Trophy and the Crown of Miss Baby Virginia Peanut Festival.

Somaya Doyle won all honors in the Toddler Miss Category.

The largest category was the Wee Miss age group, with five contestants.  Lauren Johnson was Fifth Princess.  Raymoni A. Moore won the Second Place Sponsor's Trophy and Fourth Princess.  Fourth Princess and Third Place Sponsor winner was MiAngel Atkins.  Second Runner up and Seventh Place Sponsor was won by Alexis Blair Elmore.  The Fifth Place Sponsors Trophy and First Runner up went to Valerie Nichole Harrup.  The Wee Miss Queen and Most Photogenic of the group was Lenleigh Dawn Kathleen Cifers.

In the Little Miss Age Group Atiana Robinson was the Second Runner Up.  Winner of the Sizth Place Sponsor's Trophy, Most Photogenic and First Runner Up was Samatha Kate Mitchell.  The Little Miss Virginia Peanut Festival Queen for 2014 is Chloe Madness.

Teen Miss Virginia Peanut Festival and the winner of the First Place Sponsor's Trophy was won by Ashlyn Sampson.

Patty Star Richardson was the Mistress of Ceremonies for yesterday's event.  Judges were Beth Lucy, Robin Morris, Sheila Tyler-Smith and Carla Francis.  The Miss Virginia Peadut Festival Pageant is directed by Penny Grizzard with the assistance of Michele Rogers.

 

Most contestants returned to the stage for a  group photo, those that did are shown below, click for a larger image.

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