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Another Successful Summerfest In Virgilina

A late spring tradition returned Saturday with the 28th annual Virgilina Summerfest celebration in downtown Virgilina.

Summerfest, the primary fund-raiser for the Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department, kicked off with a parade at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at the fire station.

The float winner was the Willow Oaks Christian Church with Florence Avenue Baptist capturing second place.

Other winners: New Attraction Band won first place in the band category, and Chase City VFD had the best appearing fire truck. Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department had the best appearing brush truck, and Wayne Hopkins won first place for his vehicle entry, while Roosevelt King placed second with his turquoise pickup truck.

“This year’s event went very well, and we’re expecting to do very well on the financial end,” said Virgilina Fire Department Volunteer Melissa Loftis.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries and other foods were devoured as well as barbeque pork and chicken plates. The ever-popular Virgilina version of Brunswick stew also was available by the bowl.

“We sold out of everything,” Loftis said.

The celebration included raffles for a cash prize of $1,000 and a handmade quilt made and donated by Elizabeth Smith and quilted by Doris Hudson.

Winner of the $1,000 first place cash prize was Chris Fontain of Norfolk who donated half of his winnings back to the fire department, Barbara Murray of Virgilina won the quilt, and the guitar winner was Lacy Morris of Roxboro.

Lois Puckett of Halifax and Frank Bochet of Oxford won two $25 gift certificates to All Pro Carpet Cleaning.

“It was another successful Summerfest thanks to all our sponsors and community volunteers and fire department volunteers,” Loftis said, thanking everyone who worked to make the day a success.

She especially expressed appreciation to the many veterans who fought to give Americans the freedom to enjoy such events as the annual Virgilina Summerfest.