Neptune Festival returns for the locals

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Madison Mellon

Pictured here is Neptune Festival on 30th Street at the Oceanfront at Virginia Beach.

Madison Mellon, Staff Writer

After 47 years, the Neptune Festival canceled its annual event in 2020, but the much-treasured festival made a comeback this fall, and the oceanfront filled up with locals from Sixth to 31st St.

“This year there was a lot of new events like sandcastles and the Mermaid Factory had an event. I think the festival could gain a better following if they utilized social media better,” said Neptune Court Princess Caroline Camden.

Some of the events in the festival included live music, an art show, an 8k run, Neptune’s Atlantic Regatta, and Neptune’s final toast to honor servicemen. There was also a sand sculpting contest as well as a volleyball tournament.

“I enjoy going to the Neptune Festival because my whole family spends time together walking the art show and seeing sandcastles,” said Caroline.
There were many artists this year making a comeback filling the boardwalk for nine streets.

It’s all about interacting with people and making a difference, just like in my art. I love coming out here and making connections and being able to touch someone’s emotions,” said former art teacher Ed Obermeyer.