- Last Updated on 05:24 PM 05/27/12
- BY Danielle Vaughn
Almost 6,000 people attended the 30th annual Virgilina Summerfest hosted by the Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department Saturday in downtown Virgilina.
The event is the primary fundraiser for the department, and the festivities kicked off with a parade at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at the fire department.
This year the department was able to raise $22,000 from the event, according to Fire Chief Gerald Ellixson.
The crowd had a chance to experience unique floats, antique cars and horses as they passed by in the parade.
Many of the parade entries received awards during Summerfest.
Florence Avenue Baptist Church won first place for their float, New Attraction Band of Oxford N. C. came in second place, and best appearing automobile went to a 1928 Model A Convertible owned by Ed Clancy.
Clarksville Fire Department won best-appearing fire truck, and the award for farthest traveled went to the Creedmoor, N. C. Fire Department.
The department raffled off $100 every hour, Ellixson said.
The Virgilina Fire Department sold chicken plates, barbecue plates, barbecue sandwiches and stew by the quart and bowl to hungry festivalgoers.
“We sold out around 8 p.m.,” Ellixson said. “We’d like to thank all our supporters and sponsors because if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have had it.”
Ellixson said they already are planning for next year’s Summerfest.