Virginia Peanut Festival

The 56th annual Virginia Peanut Festival, presented by the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Emporia, will feature a three-day celebration of the peanut harvest September 20 to 22 and four days of midway fun September 20 to 23.

The event includes various festival activities in Veterans Memorial Park, starting on Thursday with the annual Kick-Off Kook-Off Food Tasting Competition, and the Dreamland Amusements carnival with rides, games and favorite fair food at the Old Elementary School site.

Festival highlights will 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.

Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller) are $25 Thursday and Friday and $15 on Sunday. Ride tickets are $1.50 each, $25 for 20 tickets, or $50 for 50 tickets plus 1 free ride. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.)

Visit http://dreamlandamusements.com/upcoming-events-amusement-carnival/#peanut for BOGO Deals on wristbands and tickets.

Midway hours are 5-10 pm Thursday, 5-11 pm Friday, noon – 11 pm Saturday, and noon – 5 pm Sunday at 114 South Main Street.

Festival hours at the park across from the carnival site are 4:30-9:30 pm Thursday, 4:30-11 pm Friday, and 9:30 am – 11 pm Saturday.

For more information, call Dreamland Amusements at 866-666-3247 or the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce at 434-637-1739, or visit http://www.emporiagreensvillechamber.com/virginia-peanut-festival.