Suffolk is the largest city in Virginia by area as well as the 14th largest in the country. Suffolk is located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. With miles of waterfront property on the Nansemond and James River, present day Suffolk was formed in 1974 after consolidating with Nansemond County and the towns of Holland and Whaleyville.
Peanuts grown in the surrounding areas became a major industry for Suffolk. Notably, Planters' Peanuts was establised in Suffolk beginning in 1912. Suffolk was the 'birthplace' of Mr. Peanut, the mascot of Planters' Peanuts. Each year, Suffolk host the Peanut Festival, which is well known for it's family fun activities, concerts, amusement rides, contests and competitions, a demolition derby, a truck and tractor pull, motorcycle rally, fireworks and much more.