Festival adds events

Published 11:45 pm Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Setting up: Harvey Hasty, an inspector with the city of Suffolk, checks out the Dizzy Dragons ride to ensure its safety Wednesday after it was assembled on the grounds at the Suffolk Executive Airport to be ready for Peanut Fest’s opening today. Hasty and other inspectors worked this week to make sure all of the rides are safe for guests.

Suffolk Peanut Festival organizers and volunteers are still adding fun to the already packed menu of activities that will be available this weekend.

Organizers announced on Wednesday that monster-truck legend Dennis Anderson will bring his newest creation, the King Sling, to the annual event for rides and an exhibition throughout the weekend.

They also are hoping festival-goers will be able to help them “flush out cancer” at the Peanut Festival this weekend by tossing balls at a pink toilet that will be circulating throughout the festival grounds all four days of the festival.

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Anderson’s King Sling has been fascinating spectators with its extreme mudding adventures ever since it was built, and he has taken the truck on tour, scheduling a stop at Peanut Fest Friday through Sunday.

“We are thrilled to have Dennis Anderson and the King Sling with us at Suffolk Peanut Fest,” Peanut Fest co-chairman Fleet Garnett said in a press release announcing the visit. “We hope everyone will enjoy the vast array of family activities this event has to offer — we expect good weather, good fun and good times.”

Part of the fun that is new to this year’s festival is the “Flush Out Cancer” fundraiser for the Suffolk Rockin’ Relay for Life. Participants can pay $1 for a chance to throw a ball at the pink toilet. Every ball that makes it in will win a prize.

“Cancer affects everyone throughout the community, including our hardworking volunteers who have taken up this worthy cause,” Garnett said. “We want everyone to enjoy the festival and help us flush out cancer at the same time.”

The American Cancer Society estimates the number of new cancer cases this year in the United States to be about 1.6 million. About 571,950 lives will be lost to cancer in 2011.

“Statistics aren’t just numbers,” Garnett said. “They represent actual people — mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters — and we want them to live long, happy lives and enjoy many future Peanut Fests. I urge all of our festival friends to join in this fun way to flush out cancer.”

To learn more about the Suffolk Peanut Fest and associated concerts, events and games, visit www.suffolkfest.org or contact Suffolk Festivals at 539-6751.