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Pecan Festival

Join us on October 28 for a festival in the Grove!

Bring your family and friends to the Grove on Saturday, Oct. 28 for a day of entertainment, fine food, and drink, and to celebrate the pecan! (Due to inclement weather forecasted for Sunday, Oct. 29, the festival will ONLY be held on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 am – 5 pm.

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.

Click here for a downloadable map of the Pecan Festival.

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 & Activities
  • Food & Drink
  • Fun in the Grove
  • Pageants
  • The Pecan Cookoff
  • Vendors
  • Sponsors

Music & Activities


Music Performances

Saturday (Main stage)

Fort Lee 392nd Army Band: 10-11 am

The Remnants: 11:45 am – 1:45 pm

The Trongone Band: 2:30 pm – 5 pm


Activities Stage


11:30 am – 12 pm – Tiny Miss Pageant

12 pm – 12:30 pm – Little Miss Pageant sponsored by Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of VA

12:30 pm – 1 pm – Junior Miss Pageant

1 pm – 2 pm: Pet Costume Contest hosted by Nikki Dee Ray

3:30 pm – 5 pm:  Zack Artis


Food & Drink

Great food and beverages provided by local vendors will be available for purchase throughout the festival. Please note that as of 9-25-17, capacity for food vendors has been reached and the festival will not be accepting any more applications.

Here’s a list of food vendors who will be at the 2017 Pecan Festival: (Click here for a downloadable map of the Festival).


Saucy’s BBQ

Sherri’s Crab Cakes

Jem’s Caribbean Cuisine

Hau Lani Shave Ice

Live Your Dreams BBQ, LLC

Uncle Dave’s Kettle Korn

Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen

Apple Frankie’s

RBC Concessions

Jus Cukn, LLC

Speedy Pops Concession

Carytown Burgers & Fries

MacBrand Food, Inc.

Kona Ice

Leisure Time concessions, LLC .

Sweet Temptations by Teresa, LLC

The Midnight Smoker BBQ company, LLC

B&B Kettle Corn

Fun in the Grove

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


Miss Pecan Pageants

pageant wave

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.


Pageant Schedule


Tiny Miss –  11:30am – 12pm

Little Miss – 12pm – 12:30pm sponsored by Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of VA

Junior Miss 12:30pm – 1pm


Dog Pageant

pet contestThe Pet Costume Pageant will debut at the 2017 Pecan Festival in the Grove.  The Pet Costume Pageant will be held at 1:00 pm on the Activities Stage and will be open to canines only. Our human host will be WTVR CBS 6’s own Nikki Dee Ray and her canine co-host is her dog, Louis.

There will be three classifications for canines:

Canines up to 20 lbs – Small breed

Canines from 21- 5o lbs – Medium Breed

Canines over 51lbs – Large breed

Sign your canine up and a winner will be selected from each class in each of the following categories:

  • Cutest Dog
  • Best Costume
  • Most Amazing Trick

And there will one grand prize winner of Best Dog.

You may sign up your four-legged contestant as late as October 24, 2017, or until the allotted slots are filled.

Each Pet must be people and animal-friendly and will be required to be on a leash controlled by the handler at all times.  The handler must be prepared to handle any potential “poop bag” incidents.

Click here to enter into the contest.


The Pecan Cookoff



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

Click here to sign up for the cook off competition.



Please note that as of 9-25-17, capacity for food vendors has been reached and the festival will not be accepting any more applications.

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. 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.

attendees-rjdSpace is limited. An application will be reviewed for acceptance by Festival organizer and notified of denial. 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

Click Here for a list of Pecan Festival Vendors as of September 27, 2017 (PDF)


PART-rjdSponsorship opportunities 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 events@rbc.edu or via our online form for more details about sponsorship opportunities and for a sponsorship agreement.

Click this link: 2017 Pecan Festival Sponsorship.for a PDF document of sponsorship opportunities.

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?

    • Click the link for a pdf map of the 2017 Pecan Festival.


  • 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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