16 Stew Masters to participate, Silver Eagle Band and Feature Attraction Band to perform.

By Sylvia Allen

Editor

LAWRENCEVILLE - The 2021 Taste of Brunswick Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brunswick County Airport, formerly the Lawrenceville-Brunswick Municipal Airport, 77 Airport Drive, Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868. The festival is free and parking is also free.

Dance It Out, a group from South Hill, Virginia, will perform right after the opening ceremony.

The Brunswick County Board of Supervisors approved many improvements to the airport including adding water and more electrical outlets and converting hangars into a bathroom facility and a meeting room. Medical equipment will be set up in the meeting room on the day of the festival.

The Brunswick Stew Masters will sponsor the Brunswick Stew Cook-off. First, second, third and fourth place winners will be chosen, competing for $2,000 in prizes. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. Stew is ready by 11 a.m. and sold by the cup or bowl and quarts are available for sale after 1 p.m. The cost is $9 per quart, $3 per bowl and $1 per sample.

Stew masters competing this year are: James Campbell – Brunswick, William Slayton – North Chesterfield, John Whitman, Jr. – North Chesterfield, Mac Pennell – Blackstone, Aaron Gibson – Richmond, Sean Wyatt – Blackstone, David Coleman – church Road, Clark Bennett – Blackstone, Kenneth Lawson – Brunswick, Jonathan Brown – Emporia, Phil Pair – Brunswick, Seward/Kelly – Brunswick, Kevin Pair – Brunswick, George Daniel – Brunswick, and Dylan Pair – Brunswick.

Planning for the festival began this year in April with monthly meetings. At the meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 those attending were: George Daniel, Wendy Grimm, Michael Grimm, Lois Daniel, Dixie Walker, Supervisor Bernard Jones, Supervisor Dr. Alfonzo Seward, Nancy Watson, Melissa Boucher, Phil Pair, Leslie Pair, and Earl Blick. Many people believe the success of the festival is a result of different groups working together for a common cause, spotlighting the best of Brunswick County.

There will be activities for the whole family including a petting zoo, moon bounce, peddle cars, mechanical bull, and a train for the kids.

Silver Eagle Band will perform from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Feature Attraction Band will perform from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Car Show sponsored by Virginia Wheels Car Club is a favorite. Trophies will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. in several categories. The first 50 entries will receive Dash Plates. The registration fee is $20. For more information call Earl Blick at (434) 637-6699.

Gold sponsors for the festival are Benchmark Community Bank, Brunswick County, Dominion, Mecklenburg Electric, Pecht Distributors, Inc., Southside Electric Cooperative, The GEO Group, Inc., Virginia Tourism. Silver sponsors are Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority, Edmunds Waste Removal, Southside Virginia Community College, Town of Alberta and the Town of Lawrenceville.

According to information provided by the festival planning committee, tentatively the food vendors are Brunswick County Cancer Association, Charr’d LLC, Chuck-N-Barb, Hayco, Hines Delights Backed Goods & More, Jolly J’s Kettle Korn, Margaret Ivey, Mrs. Yoder Kitchen, Pop’s Kettle treats, RZUA Trustees, Shirlene’s Coffee & Tea, Stick-A-Berry.

The vendors are Avon by Liz, Barbara Childrey, Birdie’s Pimento Cheese, BL Creations, Brunswick Democratic Committee, Crafts, Screenprinted T’s; D & D Leather, Dancing for Joy, East Coast Buildings, Exclusively Your look by Jackie, Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Forking Good Gourmet, Kambellishments, Katherine with a Touch, Kawaii Love, Knot So Grimm Crafts, Kreations by Kam, Maw Maw & MiMi Custom Designs, Nonni Says Sew, Oily Sisters Young Living, Otto Wachsmann for Delegate, Phanzayquas, Primerica Financial Services, Rainbow Home Cleaning System, Roslyn Tyler for Delegate, Southern Bell Alpacas, Stained Glass Designs, Thirty-One Gifts, Tupperware & Patriotic Designs, Duds & Bows Boutique.

Community groups are: 911 Community Taskforce, Brunswick County Victim/Witness, Brunswick Byways, Brunswick Community Center, Brunswick County 4-H, Brunswick Literacy, Christian Motorcycle Association, VCHS Brunswick (Alberta Clinic), Brunswick Health Ambassadors, Holistic Safe Space, Information Booth, Brunswick County Litter Control Council, Lawrenceville United Methodist Church, Old Dominion University online, James Solomon Russell – Saint Paul’s College Museum and Archives, Southside Behavioral Health, Southside Wellness Coalition, Southside Virginia Community College, Team Ujima VA Central, VCU Massey Cancer Research & Resource Center.

For more information about the festival call (434) 848-2728 or visit the website at www.tasteofbrunswickfestival.com.