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Virgilina enjoys a fine Summerfest

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SoVaNow.com / May 26, 2014



Saturday was a fine day for Summerfest in Virgilina, with crowds filling the street in town for the 11 a.m. parade and soaking up the sun throughout the afternoon until nighttime fell and the street dance capped the fun.

“We had a beautiful day,” said Gerald Ellixson with the Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department, which hosts the Memorial Day weekend event as a fundraiser, “and we are extremely grateful to our sponsors and to the community for the support they showed us.”

North Fork Baptist Church took first place honors for its Summerfest parade float, with Florence Avenue Baptist coming in second. Members of the Brassfield, N.C. Fire Department were recognized for traveling the greatest distance to participate in the firemen’s competition.

The Triple Springs Fire Department out of Roxboro, N.C. won the award for the best-looking fire truck, with Ray Conner taking first place among the antique vehicles.

Stacy Watts of Virgilina was the winner of the $1,000 cash raffle. Elizabeth Smith won the second place prize, a guitar.

The beautiful handmade “Split Nine Patch” quilt was won by Rita Carter.

The crowd consumed 220 gallons of the department’s famous Brunswick Stew and 300 chicken plates with the evening meal, along with another 300 pounds of pork barbeque and thousands of slices of homemade pies, soft drinks, hotdogs, hamburgers and French fries.

Ellixson said he does not know how much the Virgilina department will clear with the event, but he termed the day “a big success.”

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