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Summerfest plans heat up in Virgilina

May 28 marks the 29th anniversary of Summerfest, the primary fundraiser for the Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department, and it also unofficially marks the start of the summer season in Halifax County.

This year’s celebration starts with a parade at 11 a.m., complete with an appearance by Gomer Pyle and Ernest T. Bass in the Mayberry police car.

Nine-year-old Heather Jaloway will sing the National Anthem.

The lunch menu includes barbeque sandwiches and stew by the bowl, as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries and other foods, while barbeque pork and chicken plates will be available starting at 2 p.m.

A number of arts and crafts vendors will set up shop during the day, and games and rides for the kids will help keep them occupied.

Look for an appearance by the Centra Health and Life Flight helicopter during the afternoon.

Live entertainment starts at 1 p.m. with a performance by the Brown Brothers.

Roger and Josh Rice will perform from 2 to 3 p.m., the Lighthouse Quartet from 3 to 4 p.m. and Hi’ Grass from 4 to 5 p.m.
Mike Brooks and the Konnection Band take the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. for the annual street dance to end the day’s festivities.

A Virgilina Volunteer Fire Association raffle drawing is at 9 p.m. for a cash prize of $1,000 and a “Split Nine Patch” quilt, made and donated and quilted by Gary Crutchfield.

Sponsors for Virgilina Summerfest include New Image Hair Design; Virgilina Grocery, Inc.; Jimmy and Diane Watts; Lanco Paving Co.; Matthews Sanitation Services LLC; Murray’s Shop; Chandler’s One Stop Service, Inc.; Norman and Brenda Talley/RBM; and J. Eubank Signs & Designs.

Other sponsors include Rickie and Lula Poole; Rice & Lowery Construction; Triple Creek Ranch; Stan’s Country Corner; Town & Country Beauty Salon, Wiles Floor Finishing; American Legion Auxiliary 337 (Hannah Hite, Fannie Mae Tuck, Lottie Nunn, Ashley Tuck Conner, Hannah Jean McGregor, Louise Jaloway); Henry and Connie Murray; Right Way Enterprise, Inc.; Wayne Morris; Gill’s Mtn. Farms; Sam Torian in memory of Mildred and Baker Torian; Southside Mechanical, Inc; Ironworks Unlimited; Wakins, Cooper, Lyon Funeral Home; and H.R. Ramsey Construction.

Other sponsors include Family Foods, Gator Wood, Inc.; Bowen’s Mini Mart 1 & 2; Southern Energy Services, Inc.; Nelson Logging, Inc.; Larry Wilson Home Improvement; Ellixson’s Construction; Carolane Gas; Benchmark Community Bank; Brooks Funeral Home; Elliott’s Auto Sales; True Value Hardware-Kawasaki; Dr. Mike Haskett; Mac Ragan’s Auto Sales; Tommy’s Refuse, LLC (Tommy Wilkins); Charles Anderson Lawn Care Service, Inc.; Distinct Impressions; O’Reilly Auto Parts; Carter Bank and Trust; Dairy Dell; Hambone’s; Chris Elliott; Cluster Springs Mini Storage; H&H Mobile Wash; Chris Hudson; and the Village Café.