Posted on: September 5, 2017

Queen's Pageant and Banquet


Since 1941, the Suffolk Peanut Fest "festivities" have included an array of pageantry and the coronation of a queen and her court. Today's festival queen is selected from among rising high school seniors that are evaluated by a panel based on four criteria: a creative writing essay; school activities; awards and achievements; and community involvement. The Queen and her Court will be recognized at a Banquet produced by the Pilot Club. Join us at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 7 p.m. for the Queen's Banquet, featuring dinner, an outstanding Silent Auction (which begins at 6 p.m.), entertainment, and crowning of the Queen. Proceeds from the event benefit organizations in our local community.

Tickets are $30 per person, general seating only. Tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door.Ticket outlets include: The Suffolk Visitor Center (524 N. Main Street) and Bennett's Creek Pharmacy (3219 Bridge Road).

History of the Crown:

The first "Queen Arachis Hypogea" (the botanical name for the peanut plant), Olive Cawley from New Jersey, was attired in an all-peanut gown, and her entourage included 50 princesses from dozens of communities and neighboring states. The second festival queen, Patricia Donnelly of Detroit, had been the 1939 Miss America. She was greeted at the airport by dignitaries including Amedeo Obici, who scattered roasted peanuts at her feet rather than the traditional rose petals.

The modern predecessor of today's festival, Harvest Fest, was started in 1978, and the festival queen was voted by the general public. Since then, the title has been bestowed to scores of young ladies, along with the task of representing the festival and the City of Suffolk and an array of activities.

The Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront is located at 100 East Constance Road. For more information about this event, please contact 757.539.6751 or visit www.SuffolkPeanutFest.com.

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