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September 27, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Time Details:
Silent Auction begins at 6pm. Dinner begins at 7pm.
Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront
100 East Constance Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
$30 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.
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Suffolk Peanut Fest Queen's Banquet & Fashion Show

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Today's Peanut 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 at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, produced by the Pilot Club of Suffolk. General Seating only, $30 each. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Ticket outlets include: The Suffolk Visitor Center (524 North Main Street) and Cecilia's Boutique & Gifts (120 North Main Street).

Since 1941, the peanut festivities have included an array of pageantry and the coronation of a queen and her court. 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.