The Southern Gateway to Virginia
Emporia is home to several festivals and events that also make it the cultural hub of the region. Each year the Meherrin River Arts Council lines up an impressive list of performers, which in the past has included Ray Price, Kathy Mattea with the Richmond Symphony, Melissa Manchester, Lou Rawls, Ronnie Milsap, Diane Schurr, Jack Jones with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Manhattan Transfer, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick, Shirley Jones, Johnny Matthis, Roger Williams, the Platters, the Richmond Ballet, Roy Clark, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme with the Richmond Symphony, and Crystal Gayle.T he 2002 line-up features the Richmond Symphony, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Lettermen with the Virginia Beach Symphony.
The Virginia Pork Festival has been a major attraction to Emporia. More than 15,000 people partake in 20 tons of pork served 30 different ways each year on the second Wednesday in June. The Great Peanut Tour draws 1,500 annually to bike various routes of 13 to 125 miles in length from Thursday through Saturday after Labor Day. The Virginia Peanut Festival draws 12,000 to the City each year during the last weekend in September for the Parade, Fireworks, Car Show, carnival, and craft fair.