BOB Fest sells out

Published 5:12 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Smithfield’s BOB Fest, an annual all-you-can-eat festival highlighting Bloody Marys, oysters and Brunswick stew, drew thousands to Windsor Castle Park on Jan. 13 despite coinciding with a long-planned four-day shutdown of the James River Bridge. Gina Ippolito, festival director for the nonprofit Smithfield VA Events, which organizes the BOB Fest, said tickets to the event sold out despite the bridge closure. The event typically brings in around $55,000. This year, Smithfield’s Rotary Club is slated to receive $10,000 from the proceeds. Sundays at Four, a classical music program at Smithfield’s Christ Episcopal Church, is slated to receive a $5,000 share and the rest will be distributed in smaller amounts among other community organizations.

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