- Last Updated on 05:54 PM 05/26/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
A late spring tradition returned Saturday when thousands flocked to downtown Virgilina for the 31st annual Virgilina Summerfest celebration.
Summerfest, the primary fundraiser for the Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department, kicked off with a parade at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at the fire station.
Festivalgoers were treated to a parade of fire trucks, motorcycles and classic vehicles.
Numerous awards were given out during Summerfest.
Float winners included New Attraction Band winning first place in the band category, and the float of Tracey Quackenbush Martin won second place.
In the vehicle category, the best appearing belonged to Herbert Ramsey of Clarksville.
Best appearing fire truck went to Midway Volunteer Fire Department, and farthest traveled fire truck went to Scottsburg Fire Department.
Another winner during the event included Josh Williamson of Danville who won the $1,000 raffle.
Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gerald Ellixson commented on the 31st Annual Summerfest event saying, “It was wonderful drawing one of our better crowds, and we appreciate everyone attending and supporting us. Without their support we couldn’t make it.”
Barbecue pork and chicken plates were available along with the ever-popular Virgilina version of Brunswick stew that was sold by the bowl and quart.
“We sold out of everything about 7 p.m.,” Ellixson said, estimating between 5,000 and 6,000 people attended Saturday’s Summerfest.
On Sunday afternoon as money from the fire department’s fundraiser was being totaled, Ellixson said, approximately $18,000 was raised in Saturday’s daylong event.
The chief expressed appreciation to the many sponsors and supporters of the annual event.