Saturday schedule full of events

Published 10:25 pm Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A plethora of fun family events will take place in downtown Suffolk this Saturday, some related to the impending arrival of Peanut Festival and some just for early-autumn fun.

First up, Suffolk on the Move will hold its annual Peanut Fest 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk beginning at Constant’s Wharf at 6:30 a.m. The run is free and open to all ages and abilities, and it is a non-timed event with no prizes. The aim is simply to encourage physical activity.

Karen Scott and Lenora Holland sort items on Tuesday for Saturday's "Fabulous Finds" sale at Main Street United Methodist Church.

Karen Scott and Lenora Holland sort items on Tuesday for Saturday’s “Fabulous Finds” sale at Main Street United Methodist Church.

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Next, the Peanut Fest Parade will step off at 10 a.m. and travel from South Broad Street down Washington Street and up North Main Street to Finney Avenue. The parade includes local high school marching bands, equestrian groups and more. This year’s chairman is George Birdsong, whose family’s business, Birdsong Peanuts, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

During and after the parade, Main Street United Methodist Church, which is along the parade route at 202 N. Main St., will hold a fall festival featuring a Brunswick stew sale and bake sale, a plant sale, a Scholastic book fair, a silent auction and a “Fabulous Finds” sale featuring furniture, clothes, books, household items, jewelry, pocketbooks, craft items and more.

Also following the parade, the Suffolk Nansemond Historical Society’s Touch a Truck, Train and More event will be held at the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum, 324 N. Main St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets are $4 each or four for $14.

“This is one of the main fundraisers the society does each year,” society volunteer Jessica Mullen said. “All of the money raised through ticket prices goes right back into the historical society.”

On site for kids (and kids at heart) to touch and climb on will be about 25 pieces of large construction, public safety and farming equipment, including excavators, fire trucks and an ambulance, a cement truck, a tractor and more. The Planters Nutmobile will be on site, as will a street sweeper, the library’s bookmobile, the train caboose that stays at the museum year-around, and more.

“They finally get to peek and see and climb into those really cool trucks they see along the highway on the way to school every morning,” Mullen said.

A sandbox with toy vehicles, free refreshments and a couple of food trucks also will be on site.

To wrap up the day, the Boys and Girls Clubs Suffolk Unit will have its annual oyster roast and barbecue from 5 to 8 p.m. at Constant’s Wharf. The Island Boy band as well as members of the club will provide the entertainment. Tickets are $30 and available at the Suffolk News-Herald office, or call 539-1131.