The Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia was created by Virginia Beach Chamber of Commerce President and RK Chevrolet (also known as RK Auto) founder Richard Kline (businessman) in 1973 to celebrate the unique heritage of Virginia Beach. Since that time, the festival has grown to be one of America’s top 100 festivals and one of the top ten on the East Coast. The Library of Congress lists the Neptune Festival in its America’s Story website.
The Virginian-Pilot Beacon reported attendance of about 50,000 people at the first festival, with seafood selling out before the festival ended. Actor Lyle Waggoner from the Carol Burnett television show was the Grand Marshal of the parade.
At the corner of 31st and Atlantic in Virginia Beach, there is a 34-foot-tall (10 m), 12.5 ton statue of Neptune, King of the Seas. The statue was dedicated on September 30, 2005 during the Neptune Festival Boardwalk weekend.
The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend has an economic impact of more than $18 million to the City of Virginia Beach. Each year, the popular event attracts more than 500,000 people. The Boardwalk Weekend includes the North American Sandsculpting Championship, arts and crafts, food, and live music. It also includes a surfing contest, a 5K and 8K race, a volleyball tournament, and a grand parade, among many other things. The event is free and open to the public, with the exception of a $3 tent-covered viewing fee of the sandsculptures.
The 2013 Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend was the festival’s 40th anniversary
- "A Festive Idea Turns 25" by Pam Starr, The Virginian Pilot, September 25, 1998, http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-68451252.html
- Virginia Beach Neptune Festival : A Local Legacy, http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/es/va/sand_1
- 39th Annual Neptune Festival, http://www.neptunefestival.com/
- Price, http://hamptonroads.com/2011/10/virginia-beach-neptune-festival-will-keep-its-3-viewing-fee/
Virginia Beach Neptune Festival: A Local Legacy, 
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