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Pecan Festival

Join us on October 28 & 29, 2017 for a festival in the Grove!

Bring your family and friends to the Grove for a day of entertainment, fine food and drink, and to celebrate the pecan!

Richard Bland College is home to the oldest & largest pecan groves in Virginia. There are nearly 1,000 pecan trees on the grounds. Each year the pecans are harvested and proceeds used to advance student success and maintain the groves.

Richard Bland College of William & Mary strives to advance 100% student success, support the local economy and welcome visitors to the Best PART of Virginia.

This event will take place rain or shine.

Music and Entertainment

The main stage will feature a full lineup of bands, including The Remnants, The Trongone Band, Susan Greenbaum, and Sweet Justice. Our acoustic stage will feature local artists, such Zach Artis, multiple pecan pageants, cook off contests, and other activities. The schedule will be updated so you can plan your visit and enjoy your time around fantastic entertainment performances.

Event Features

  • Music
  • Food & Drink
  • Fun in the Grove
  • The Pecan Pageant
  • The Pecan Cookoff
  • Vendors
  • Sponsors


Saturday (Main stage)

The Remnants (TBD)

The Trongone Band (TBD)


Sunday (Main stage)

Susan Greenbaum (TBD)

Sweet Justice (1pm – 4pm)

Food & Drink

Great food and beverages provided by local vendors will be available for purchase throughout the festival.

Fun in the Grove


When visiting the Grove, experience craft activities, face painting, games, live animals, and free activities for all.

The Pecan Pageant

The Pecan Festival in the Grove is proud to present three free pageants this year: Tiny Miss (ages 3 & 4), Little Miss (ages 5-7), and Junior Miss (ages 8-10). Entry is based on contestant’s age of October 27, 2017. Contestants will answer questions that judges will assess to score a winner. All Contestants are scored on natural beauty, overall appearance, poise, and personality.

A winner for each category will be crowned at the Pecan Festival and will each win a $100 prize. The runner up for each category will win a $50 prize.


The Pecan Cookoff



2017 brings changes to the cook off competitions. There will be three categories: appetizer, entree, and dessert.

Official rules coming soon.


Assignment of Vendor Space: Space will be assigned with due consideration to a Vendor’s preference based upon date of receipt of application & payment. Specific space locations and/or exhibitor request cannot be guaranteed. All requests for specific space and/or special requests are subject to review and approval by the Festival committee. Exhibitors may not permit other companies to use their space, or any part thereof, without express written permission of the Festival committee.

Booth Dimensions and Design: Booth size will be dependent upon your reservation selection. Vendors may purchase multiple spaces. Space reservations are for space only. Exhibitor is responsible for own signage. All exhibits must be freestanding. No bolts, screws, hooks, or nails shall be driven into buildings, sidewalks or pavement. Exhibit space must be occupied throughout the entire duration of the event. Exhibitors may not permit other companies to use their space, or any part thereof, without express written permission of the Festival committee.

Application must be submitted by October 1, 2017.

Food Vendor Requirements: All food vendors must submit a menu of the items you wish to sell. All food vendors must provide a copy of Certificate of Liability. You must a valid Health Department license to participate in the Festival. Health Department’s forms MUST be submitted thirty (30) days prior to the Festival.

Vendor Responsibilities: No alcoholic beverages other than those purchased at the Festival are permitted. Any item displaying profanity or discriminatory symbols, words, etc. is strictly prohibited. Vendor’s employees or contract associates of any kind participating in booth activities must have appropriate “ID” as evidence to show at entrance gates for admittance. Festival tickets, wristbands and/or glasses are not provided to vendors. Additional vendor tickets can be purchased in advance for $10. Vendors are responsible for the collection Virginia State sales tax and maintenance of appropriate documentation for state inspection. Sidewalks and walkways MUST be kept clear. All exhibitor products and materials must be stored and maintained within booth space allotted. Large items, such as packaging and/or boxes must be broken down.

The event is scheduled for Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. All vendors must staff the booth at all times during the festival. Booths may be set up the Friday prior to the festival from 12 – 5 p.m. or Saturday morning beginning at 7 a.m. Booth preparation must be completed, inclusive of the removal of any vehicles, by 9:30 a.m. Vehicles that are part of the booth can remain in the grove, weather permitting, within the confines of the vendor space. Vendor parking will be specified within the grove. No vehicles are allowed to move in the grove for take down prior to 5 p.m. on Saturday or 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Space is limited. Application will be reviewed for acceptance by Festival vendor committee and notified of acceptance. All fees must accompany the attached registration form. Checks should be made payable to the Richard Bland College Foundation, 11301 Johnson Road, S. Prince George, VA 23805. If you are not accepted, your deposit will be refunded. Subletting space to another vendor is prohibited. Vendors are expected to furnish their own tents, tables and chairs, display racks and any other items required for their display. The vendor participating is solely responsible for bringing any protective weather items. Each vendor is responsible for cleaning his or her own space during the event. All trash must be bagged and brought to the dumpster.

Quiet and fumeless generators can be considered, please make arrangements prior to the Festival. There will be no refunds given for spaces once you have been accepted as a participant in Festival. Returned NSF checks will acquire a $35.00 fee.

Click Here For Vendor Application


Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Pecan Festival in the Grove.

This festival began as a vision to bring people to the largest and oldest pecan grove in the state. We wanted to share the beauty of the grove and invite the community to share in the day of celebrating the pecan.

We invite you to review the sponsorship packages for the 2017 Pecan Festival in the Grove. Sponsors will have exclusive on-site presence supported by event day exposure, event promotional material, media coverage, and social media presence.

With support from sponsors like you, the Pecan Festival in the Grove will generate capital into the local economy. Become a partner and make this the most fun-filled, action-packed event yet!

Please contact or via our online form for more details about sponsorship opportunities and for a sponsorship agreement.

Click this link: 2017 Pecan Festival Sponsorship-Web for a PDF document on Sponsorship Programs.

Food & Drink
An array of mouth-watering food options and ice cold beer will be on sale throughout the day for festival goers to enjoy.

  • Do I have to pay admission for the festival?

    • No. There is no charge for admission.

  • Where is Richard Bland College of William & Mary located?

    • Richard Bland College of William & Mary is located at 11301 Johnson Road, South Prince George, Virginia 23805.

  • Can I take pictures or record video at the festival?

    • Yes! We encourage you to take pictures of the campus and activities. Use #RBCpecanfest when you share on social media.

  • Do you have a map of the festival?

    • Yes. That will be available soon.

  • Can I tour the grounds of the Campus?

    • Yes. We will have staff available to show all parts of our spectacular campus including RBC’s Asian Water Garden.

  • Is there free parking provided?

    • Yes. The campus has ample parking and all will be free.

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