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Conservation Police to patrol James River during weekend of Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries police officers netted 38 citations on the water during Operation Dry Water last year. (WYDaily/ Courtesy Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries)
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries police officers will increase patrols during the weekend of the Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival this month. (WYDaily/ Courtesy Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries)

As the Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival gets underway in Surry County for its 43rd year, Virginia Conservation Police will also be out on the James River patrolling a grassroots boating event.

While the festival and annual boating event are unconnected, they occur on the same summer weekend — July 21 and 22 this year — and the river cruise creates a “partylike atmosphere” resulting in many police calls for charges of assault, general intoxication and drug possession, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said last year.

Like last year, Virginia Conservation Police and other agencies will be out in full force on and around the James River throughout the weekend of the Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival, VDGIF spokesman Lee Walker said.

Walker said the patrols will be well-coordinated and include both law enforcement and first responders.

Last year, “Operation Pork, Peanut, Pine” reeled in 12 arrests on the James River. Between 400 and 500 boats were out on the river, and more than half were inspected by Virginia Conservation Police.

Police made nine arrests for operating under the influence, two arrests for marijuana possession and one arrest for reckless boat operation. Police also issued one reckless boat operation charge and 30 summonses for boating equipment or registration violations.

WYDaily archives were used in this story.

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Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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