There's lots to see at
the PurpleHull Pea
Festival - but
undoubtedly the
highlight is the
World Championship
Rotary Tiller Race.

Festival History



2017 Schedule of Events

The 2017 PurpleHull Pea Festival & World Championship Rotary Tiller Race will begin at 6:00 p.m., June 23 and continue through June 24.  Please note a few events will occur prior to the weekend of the actual festival.  Here's the current schedule.  Please check back for any updates:

The Blessing of the PurpleHull Pea Crop was Thursday, May 18, in conjunction with the opening of the Emerson Farmers Market.

The PurpleHull Pageant will be Saturday, June 17, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Kids Fishing Derby will be the morning of June 17 on Mullins Pond, just off U.S. 79, on the north side of Emerson.

Now, for the 2017 festival schedule:

NOTE: Times are TENTATIVE.  Check back often.

Friday, June 23, 2017:

6:00 p.m.: Festival begins with the "Cranking of the Tillers" ceremony.  Singing of the National Anthem by Latina Fields.

Fish Dinner by the Emerson Fire Department. Tickets on sale now for $10.

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Live DJ Mr. Thomas Labit entertains. Bring your dancing shoes.

9:30 p.m.: Pea-tacular Fireworks Show

After Fireworks: We are planning an outdoor movie.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 :

All Day, beginning at 8:00 a.m.: Arts & Crafts

All Day, beginning at 8:00 a.m.:
Pea Flea Market

All Day, beginning at 8:00 a.m.:
Festival's Farmers Market

All Day, beginning at 8:00 a.m.:
Food vendors

All Day, beginning at 8:00 a.m.:
Kids' area

8:00 a.m
. Tractor Show check in

9:00 a.m. Pup-Pea Dog Show begins
               (Registration from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.)

9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. PurpleHull Antique Car Show

9:00 a.m. Tractor Exhibitions begin

9:00 a.m.
The Big Daddy's Hot Water Cornbread Great PurpleHull Peas & Cornbread Cook OffBring your best PurpleHull Peas and Cornbread dish and earn for yourself a place in PurpleHull cooking history. Have your dish there by 9:00 a.m.  Judging begins at 9:30.

10:30 a.m. The Silver Belles Dancers in Cafetorium

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  PurpleHull Pea Meals in Cafetorium

11:00 a.m. Kids Potato Pickup (for kids 12 and under - near tiller track)

11:15 a.m. World Cup PurpleHull Pea Shelling Competition

12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. LifeShare Bloodmobile accepting donations.

12:30 p.m.
The Great Festival Cake Auction begins.

1:00 p.m.
The world renown Million Tiller Parade..

2:30 p.m.
The 200 World Championship Rotary Tiller Race.

6:00 p.m. 
The "Bad Boys Riblet Cook Off" starts serving.  Plates are $10.

8:00 pm.
- 10:30 pm  The finale - The Eades Family Pea-Stompin' Street Dance.featuring "Southern Harmony" who begin their reunion tour right here in Emerson! Playing everything from Beatles to Skynard, to maybe even a little "Boot Scooting."



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