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State peach festival set for Friday in Stuart
In this photo from the 2012 Virginia State Peach Festival, peaches sit ready for sale. Due to an expected increase in attendance, this year the event will be at Wayside Park in Stuart. (Bulletin file photo)
The annual Virginia State Peach Festival — the largest single-day event in Patrick County — will be Friday at a new location, Wayside Park, a news release stated.
The location was changed to accommodate the festival’s growth, the release states.
“Last year, about 3,000 people attended the festival; hopefully this year, we’re looking for 4,000,” Tim Collins, executive director of the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce, said in an interview.
Wayside Park will open its gates at 4 p.m., and music will begin at 6 p.m., according to the release.
Headlining this year will be the award-winning band the Worx, which will perform at 8 p.m., Collins said. The band’s honors include voted Best of Virginia 2012, Virginia Living Magazine; best of Lynchburg in 2007 and 2008, Lynchburg Living magazine; and Band of the Year “a number of times” by the Roanoker Magazine, according to the band’s website, the chamber news release and Collins.
The Worx is a mid-Atlantic regional band that has entertained audiences for more than 24 years, according to its website. The band plays everything from country and rock to rap and dance music, Collins said.
The release says, “The Worx are known throughout the East Coast as the best cover band on the scene.”
Evan & Dana, “a bluesy rock duo from Greensboro, N.C.,” will perform at 6 p.m., Collins said.
The festival also will offer food, crafts, vendors, loads of homegrown peaches and a Kid Zone, the release says.
There will be a total of about two dozen vendors and crafters, Collins said. A blacksmith will make knives on site. Among the other crafts, there will be hand-made jewelry, teddy bears, glow sticks, handbags and dolls.
The Kid Zone, sponsored by the chamber, will feature face painting, an obstacle course, slide, bouncer, Velcro wall and ice cream, according to the release and Collins.
With the move to Wayside Park, camping is available for festival-goers for the first time, Collins said. He added that electrical hookups and dump stations are available. Call 692-4149 to make arrangements for camping, according to the release.
The festival will be from 4 until 10 p.m., the release says.
The chamber has joined with Walmart and other sponsors — including River Community Bank; Carter Bank & Trust; BB&T; Brian Jessup & Associates; Kim Adkins for Senate; Mountain Valley Hospice; Primland; State Farm Insurance-Bob Burnette, Agent; SunTrust; Stanburn Winery; Stuart Communications; Surrey Bank & Trust; B99.9; “Cooking with Paul”; The Enterprise; and WHEO Radio — to make this event free to the public, the release states.
Wayside Park is about 3 miles southeast of Stuart at 1988 Wayside Road, according to www.waysidepark.com. Follow U.S. 58 to Route 8, then south on Route 8 to Wayside Road on the left. Then go one mile to Big A School Road on left, then go about 1.6 miles to Wayside Park Road on the right. Follow the signs.
Editor's note: The headline in the print edition of the Bulletin should have read "State peach festival set for Friday in Stuart".