Knotts Island Peach Festival celebrates and supports community

Lee Waterfield, 40, and Buzzy Williams, 67, put up a sign advertising the Knotts Island Peach Festival. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]
Lee Waterfield, 40, and Buzzy Williams, 67, put up a sign near Red Mill advertising the Knotts Island Peach Festival in Knotts Island, N.C. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]
[Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified Buzzy Williams. We regret the error.]


RED MILL — After putting up a giant sign near the shopping center here to advertise the annual Knotts Island Peach Festival recently, Lee Waterfield and Buzzy Williams of the Knotts Island Ruritan Club, which organizes the event, discussed all the good it does.

“All the money we raise goes to the schools, it goes to the children, or it goes to a needy family,” Williams said earlier this month, speaking of profits from the celebration from June 27-28.

It has also benefitted rescue officials, among others, in the tight-knit community.

“Last year it was almost $11,000 going back to the community,” Waterfield said. “This year, it will be even more than that. … 

Of course, it’s fun. 

The peach festival features entertainment, food and vendors.There will be antique and classic cars, crafts and music. 

Also: peaches.

The celebration is on Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, June 28, noon to 6 p.m., in Knotts Island, N.C. 

Visitors should park for free at the lot at 151 South End Road, and organizers recommend using that street address for GPS. 

Admission is $5, and children under 12 are free with a paying adult. 

And it’s for a good cause.

“It’s all community related,” Waterfield said after raising up one of the signs to get Virginia Beach residents down to Knotts Island for a community gathering.

“That’s what it’s for,” Williams said.

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