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Suffolk Peanut Fest 2022

Virginia's premier agricultural festival celebrating peanuts


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Suffolk Peanut Fest is an annual harvest festival held every October at the Suffolk Executive Airport in Suffolk, Virginia. A four-day family-oriented event that celebrates Virginia's agricultural past and its favourite legume features live concerts, carnival rides, and lots of exciting contests. Traditional entertainment also includes a demolition derby, Swamp Roar Motorcycle Rally, monster truck rides, and a truck and tractor pull. Suffolk Peanut Fest draws over 125,000 attendees every year.

Suffolk Peanut Fest took place for the first time in January 1941, drawing about 10,000 people. It has gradually grown into one of the most significant annual events in the state due to a large and diverse entertainment program. The festival usually starts with the Suffolk Ruritan Club Shrimp Feast with all-you-can-eat barbecue and shrimp. The Main Stage of the festival features national headliners with a focus on rock and country music, such as Kevin Mac, Luke Pell, William Michael Morgan, Little Country, and Kids in America. The Peanut Lounge and The Harvest Stage showcase best local talents such as the Black White & Blues Band, Karl Werne & Holly Kristen, the H.M. Johnson Band, Mojo Collins.

The Demolition Derby is one of the most popular events of Suffolk Peanut Fest with thousands of spectators watching crashing cars at the arena. Mega Trucks’ Tug-of-War and Suffolk Mud Jam also attract plenty of attention, as the muddy obstacle course is filled with trucks and 4WDs participating in fierce competitions. Admission to the festival is $10 per day for one person. Children under 10 are free.

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