- Last Updated on 07:48 AM 05/26/14
- BY Danielle Vaughn
More than 3,500 flocked to Virgilina for the 32nd Annual Virgilina Summerfest’s day of fun in the sun Saturday, according to Virgilina Volunteer Fire Chief Gerald Ellixson.
“People came from Halifax County and surrounding areas to enjoy the day,” he added.
The festivities kicked off at 11 a.m. with a parade down Florence Avenue, and everything went smoothly as planned, Ellixson said.
“The weather was perfect. Everything went well. We had a few vendors to sell out before six o’clock,” he added.
The volunteer fire chief said while they hadn’t counted all the funds by Sunday afternoon, he believes the fire department fundraiser will turn out even better than previous years.
“We sold a few more plates than last year because we added on to the pork and chicken plates,” Ellixson said.
All plates sold out by 6:30 p.m.
But before the food sold out, Summerfest goers were able to enjoy plenty of food, games, rides and entertainment throughout the day until 9 p.m.
At the end of the night, Stacey Watts of Virgilina had won the $1,000 cash prize, and Elizabeth Smith, also of Virgilina, was the winner of the guitar.
The quilt winner was Rita Carter.
Best float winners included North Fork Baptist Church who took home first place and Florence Avenue Baptist Church winning second place.
Ray Conner won for having the best appearing vehicle, and best appearing fire truck accolades went to Triple Springs Fire Department of Roxboro, North Carolina.
The farthest traveled fire department was Brassfield Volunteer Fire Department of Granville County, North Carolina.
Ellixson said proceeds from Summerfest will go toward purchasing fire equipment, truck maintenance and daily fire station expenses.
He expressed appreciation to the many sponsors and supporters.
“I would like to thank all the sponsors and supporters. If it weren’t for them, we couldn’t do it all throughout the year,” Ellixson said.