Peanut Fest back for 41st year

Published 2:57 pm Monday, October 22, 2018

It’s equal parts peanuts and shrimp, games and rides, music and vendors, fun and fall.

Suffolk’s favorite autumn festival will return Oct. 4-7 at the Suffolk Executive Airport, and this year’s schedule is sure to amuse all kinds of folks.

The fun kicks off that Thursday, when the festival is open from 2 to 10:30 p.m., along with all of its amusements and games.

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The Suffolk Ruritan Club Shrimp Feast takes place that day from 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 a person and feature all-you-can-eat shrimp, barbecue and all the fixins. Tickets are sold in advance only and can be purchased at Bennett’s Creek Pharmacy, Line-X of Suffolk, Cross Realty, Virginia Commonwealth Bank, BB&T Bank, Ricky & Roy’s, Mike Duman Auto Sales, Suffolk BBQ, Quality Cleaners, Citizens Bank of Windsor, Ricky’s Custom Carts, Major Signs, City of Suffolk Tourism and Carts Unlimited.

That Friday, the festival is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday will be Kiddie Day in the Gooberland Family Area until noon, along with featured Senior Day activities until 1 p.m. in the Activities Tent. Friday also features the crowd favorite Demolition Derby at 7 p.m.

That Saturday will feature a Chalk Art Contest at 10 a.m., a cornhole tournament at 1 p.m., the Mud Jam at 1 p.m., the Peanut Butter Sculpture Contest at 2 p.m., and two Hot Wing Eating Contests at 4 and 6 p.m. Fireworks will round out the night at 8.

Sunday will feature the Peanut Fest Motorcycle Rally and the Gospel Showcase.

Entertainment for the festival has yet to be announced but frequently features country acts on the main stage as well as a variety of regional and locally famous acts on the Harvest Family Stage and in the Peanut Lounge.
Admission to the festival is $10 per person, per entry or $30 for a four-day pass per person. Children 10 and under are free.

Thursday is Carload Day, where all passengers legally seated in the vehicle receive admission and all-you-can-ride wristbands for up to eight people for $40.

On Sunday, military and dependents with military ID get $5 admission. Sunday is also Wristband Day, where wristbands are $30 per person.

Parking is free. Visit for more information.