Pork festival begins Saturday

Chippokes Plantation State Park will host the festival, featuring live music, entertainment, as well as tons of vendors and all the pork you can eat.

The two-day event is known for being family friendly. There will not be a drop of alcohol served at the festival.

“There are a little over 100 crafters coming out,” said Kenny Pittman, chairman of the Pork, Peanut & Pine Festival. “There will be about 20 food booths, we will have one stage, and kind of set up the park with bands playing from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.”

Kenny said the Pork, Peanut & Pine Festival is a right larger event than the 4th of July celebration held at the Parks and Rec center. The schedule Saturday kicks off with music from The Headley’s followed by the Nansemond River Boys, Russel Lynch Music and Bigger Better Deal. Bands start at 11:30 A.M. on Sunday, featuring Tabernacle Crossroads, Flatland Bluegrass Band and Hard Knox.

“We have a parade on Saturday, which starts around 12 noon, lunchtime,” Kenny said. “It will feature old cars and tractors. We have different sponsorships, remodelers, the Farm Bureau, peanut booths. We have a couple of Veteran groups, like Aid Our Veterans, different groups like that. We also have several educational programs.”

The parade also features a special ride for Mr. and Miss Peanut 2016. James Stephen Trombley and Aubrey Grace Mauger will ride through the parade in a white carriage.

“The are chosen from the Peanut Board,” Kenny said. “They get together and choose a young lady, and a little young man. They are announced and crowned. It is done through the Virginia Peanut Girls Association.”

A local horse, Strawberry, pulls the carriage through the parade. Strawberry is known to do similar work for weddings.

“We have what we call a kids corner,” Kenny said. “It’s got face painting, a rock wall, petting zoo, inflatable slide. It seems to go over real well, it stays busy in there with kids.”

The pork vendors vary between groups and individuals. There is a mix of about 20 church groups and entities like Country Boys Barbeque, serving all things pork at the festival this weekend.

“We’ll have some vendors up around the brick kitchen, and there’s twelve or so down around the stage in the barnyard area,” Kenny said.

Around one dozen Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival committee members put the festival together each year. The stage and sound are all subcontracted out, and vendors come together to make the festival what it is.

Crafters will be doing demonstrations throughout the festival.

More important to the festival than all that goes into making it possible are attendees. Admission to the festival is $5 per person, and children under 10 are admitted for free. Admission is required both days, so paying for one day does not guarantee admission for Sunday.

For full details on vendors and other festival related topics, visit porkpeanutpinefestival.org.

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