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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 11, 2003
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28th Annual Pork, Peanut, and Pine Festival Held July 19-20

(RICHMOND) - Join a celebration of Surry County's natural resources at the 28th annual Pork, Peanut, and Pine Festival, July 19-20 at Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry, Virginia.

Sponsored by Surry County and hosted by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the festival is Virginia State Parks' largest event and attracts over 20,000 people each year. A special event parking fee of $6.00 per car and $10 per bus will be charged. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Pork, Peanut, and Pine Festival highlights the major industries of Surry County and features exhibits of pork products, peanut growing practices and the lumber industry.
More than 225 artisans and crafters will show and sell their creations throughout the formal gardens of the Mansion at Chippokes during the festival's two days. Everything from baskets, needlework, paintings, floral arrangements, candles, pottery, hand-drafted furniture, quilts, wood carvings and more are included in this spectacular festival located at historic Chippokes Plantation State Park.

Local non-profit organizations will offer tempting specialties of char-grilled pork chops, barbecue, ham sandwiches and rolls, sausage, pork rinds, cracklings, salted peanuts, peanut pie, peanut candy and traditional festival foods of kettle corn, apple pies, ice cream, hot dogs, lemonade, iced tea, soft drinks, cotton candy and more.

Live music will be offered on two stages throughout both days of the festival, featuring bluegrass, country, gospel and pop music. Children's activities, mule rides, and a barn display entitled "Take a Walk Through Surry" will also be featured.

The historic Chippokes Mansion and the Farm and Forestry Museum will be open for tours both days of the festival and admission is free during the event. Tram rides will be available from the festival area to the Farm and Forestry Museum, and special demonstrations of the sawmill exhibit will be offered.

New this year at the Farm and Forestry Museum is a corn maze, an acre of family fun. Learn amazing facts about corn as you find your way along the maze. Kids can pick up "corn coupons" throughout the maze and redeem them at the Farm and Forestry Museum Store for free prizes.

Also local historical societies will be sharing their wealth of history and information. L.B. Taylor, Jr. author of the "Ghosts" book series including "Ghosts of Virginia" will be available for a book signing.

The Pork, Peanut, and Pine Festival is a non-profit event that is organized and coordinated by the PPP Festival Committee - a committee of volunteers serving the citizens and civic organizations of Surry County. Additional information about the Pork, Peanut & Pine Festival is available online at www.toursurryva.com. Information can also be obtained by contacting the park at (757) 294-3625.

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