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Peanut Fest announces theme, entertainment

Suffolk Festivals Inc. is steadily planning the 43rd Suffolk Peanut Fest, slated for Oct. 8-10 at the Suffolk Executive Airport.

The 2021 Festival theme is “Music, Mullets & Motorsports — A Totally ’80s Vibe!” Event goers can expect an array of 1980s-themed family fun, live music, costumes, décor and more. The move to a three-day schedule has various events and activities shifting to new days and times as the festival planners incorporate traditional fest favorites while introducing new exciting elements.

The Suffolk Peanut Fest Main Stage will feature highly acclaimed, nationally touring tribute bands showcasing popular 1980s genres. A second stage in the new “Open Air Peanut Lounge” will offer a variety of entertainment, ranging from local school music programs, champion clogging teams to regional musicians and bands.

Also new for 2021 will be a Roller Rink for showing off your best 1980s skating moves,

a Touch-A-Truck, enhanced straw maze and family area, and more. Suffolk Ruritan Club’s Shrimp Feast will move to the Friday of the festival, and the Suffolk Demolition Derby will move to Saturday, with a Kids Power Wheel Derby 30 minutes prior to the main derby. Traditional activities such as the carnival and amusements, fireworks, Peanut Butter Sculpting Contest, Swamp Roar Motorcycle Rally, arts and crafts, petting zoo and more are also planned.

Suffolk Peanut Fest general admission is $10 per person; ages 10 and under are free. Sunday, Oct. 10, is Military Appreciation Day, and active and retired military families will receive half off their admission with proper ID.

Suffolk Peanut Fest Main Stage Line-up

Friday

3 p.m. — Island Boy (Shrimp Feast entertainment)

9 p.m. — Chase & Ovation: Celebrating the Music of Prince

Saturday

2:30 p.m. — Gone Country (’80s Country Cover Band)

4:30 p.m. — Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band

7 p.m. — Mullett – The Premier Rockers for Hair Band Fanatics

9 p.m. — Yellow Brick Road: A Tribute to Elton John

Sunday

2:30 p.m. — The Deloreans

5 p.m. — Frontiers: The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band

Open Air Peanut Lounge and other musical entertainment will be announced soon.

The 43rd annual Suffolk Peanut Fest will be held at the Suffolk Executive Airport, 1410 Airport Road, Suffolk, VA 23434. General admission is $10 per person; Children 10 and under are free. Parking is free.

For more information about Suffolk Peanut Fest and associated concerts, events and games, log onto SuffolkPeanutFest.com or contact Suffolk Festivals at 757-539-6751. Sponsorship, vendor and exhibitor opportunities available. Schedule is subject to change without notice.