Taste of Suffolk lineup set

Published 10:58 pm Wednesday, August 19, 2009

With the city’s third annual Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival just a few weeks away, officials have announced the lineup for the event.

From cloggers to a cornhole tournament, the Sept. 12 event highlighting the merchants and restaurants of Downtown Suffolk is sure to offer something for everyone in the family.

There will be two stages providing entertainment throughout the day. The Main Stage will feature performances by Hotcakes, Lewis McGehee and the Joe Gosman Band. The Family Stage lineup includes the Peanut City Cloggers, Ancient Men, gospel violinist Eric Taylor and a Gospel Exhibition featuring gospel hip-hop artists Shamel Shiloh and Team Jesus Group.

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Children will enjoy bounce houses, face painting, games, clowns and balloons, and adults can take a shot at winning the Cornhole Tournament sponsored by the Greater Suffolk Council, as well as eating contests throughout the event. Birdsong Peanuts will sponsor a street-side peanut-shelling contest.

Suffolk auto dealerships will be on hand showcasing their newest vehicles, and free open-air shuttles will run in a continuous loop around the perimeter of the event and through some of Suffolk’s historic neighborhoods.

Of course, the event couldn’t be called “Taste of Suffolk” if it didn’t feature food, and restaurants from all over Suffolk are expected to be on hand to offer free or inexpensive signature items for tasting, according to a city press release.

The event — which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along N. Main Street from Finney Avenue to Washington Street in the city’s historic district — also will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the city’s incorporation in 1974.

The street festival is sponsored by BOB-FM, Lipton, Lockheed Martin, Planters, the Suffolk Economic Development Authority and Suffolk Parks and Recreation.

For more details or to become a vendor, call 514-7267 or visit www.Suffolk-Fun.com.