It’s a Shell-abration; 2024 Peanut Fest announces dates for its 46th Annual Event

Published 9:00 am Thursday, June 27, 2024

The much-loved Suffolk Peanut Festival will return this fall, marking 46 years of honoring the city’s community and roots.

Suffolk Festivals, Inc. announced that the festival is set for Thursday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Suffolk Executive Airport. Along with a full carnival filled with amusement rides, food, and games, attendees can expect pony rides, a petting zoo, a cornhole tournament, and fireworks, as well as the Suffolk Ruritan Club Shrimp Feast, the World’s Only Peanut Butter Sculpting Competition and much more. The event will also have vendors, crafters and merchants offering wares, concessions and both beer and wine through the event site. The festival will also have live music from singer Easton Corbin, the Florida native boasting two no. 1 singles — “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It” on Saturday, Oct. 12. Additional bands taking the stage will include Vinyl Radio, Luke Willette Band, Island Boy, The Deloreans, and many more.

2024 Festival Chairman Scott Wiggins declared the festival theme “Shell-ebrating Suffolk’s Roots, From our Hearts to Our Boots,” aiming to celebrate the city’s agricultural roots and connection to waterways for both livelihood and leisure and honor the city’s 50th anniversary of the 1974 merger of Nansemond County and Suffolk.

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Tickets will be available for purchase online at starting Aug. 1. General admission will cost $10, while children 12 and under will receive free admission.
Carload Night is set for Thursday, Oct. 10, with free admission and eight all-you-can-ride wristbands available for $50. Kiddie Day, offering free preschool-age activities is set for Friday, Oct. 11, with admission from 10 a.m. to noon. Likewise, Military Appreciation Day is set for Sunday, Oct. 13, with half-price admission for active and retired military and first responders. $30 per person all-you-can-ride wristbands will also be available on Sunday, Oct. 13. Parking will be free to the public. Residents can also expect three 2024 Pre-Festival events:
Suffolk Peanut Fest Golf Tournament to Benefit Tunnel to Towers Foundation and The Freedom Flag Foundation at 8 a.m. on Sept. 27 at Sleepy Hole Golf Course (Registration is required).

Suffolk Peanut Fest Queen’s Banquet at 6 p.m. on October 3 at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront (Tickets available at both Cecelia’s Boutique and Gifts and Suffolk Visitor Center).

Suffolk Peanut Fest Parade at 10 a.m. on October 5 through Downtown Suffolk.

For more information, go to or call Suffolk Festivals at 757-539-6751.