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Hampton is located in the southeastern area of Virginia known as Hampton Roads and in the Eastern Region of the state. Settled in 1610, Hampton is the oldest continuously English-speaking settlement still in existence in the nation. Fort Monroe and Hampton University, of which Booker T Washington was an alumnus, are located here. North off Hwy 134 is Langley Air Force Base; the NASA Langley Research Center served as the training site for the nation's first seven astronauts. Preserving the city's aviation legacy is the 15-acre Air Power Park, which includes historical exhibits. The Hampton Carousel, an antique carousel with hand-carved horses and chariots operates on Settlers Landing Road. Fishing piers include Buckroe Beach, a bayside vacation area. Hampton is part of the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News metro area.

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Pork in the Park BBQ Festival Salisbury MD April19-21 Follow your nose to the Pork in the Park BBQ Festival. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this Eastern Shore staple will be served up April 19-21st at Salisbury's WinterPlace Park.
Hampton Roads Greek Festival Hampton Roads VA May30-June2 Winner of the Peninsula Gold Award for best outdoor festival in 2012.
Virginia Pork Festival Emporia VA June12 The Virginia Pork Festival is one of the East Coast's largest food festivals, combines outstanding pork dishes with continuous live music from multiple stages.
66th Annual Hard Crab Derby Crisfield MD August30-September1 Held at the Somers Cove Marina. Crab Races, Crab Cooking Contest, Crab Picking contest, Parade, Skiff Races, Boat Docking Contest, Crafts, Carnival, Games, Swim Meet, Entertainment, Fresh Seafood
Richmond's Original Italian Street Festival Richmond VA September28-29 Richmond's 17th Street Market will be magically transformed into an authentic Italian village for this year’s 8th Annual Italian Festival.
St. Mary's County Oyster Fest Leonardtown MD October19-20 Oysters served up raw, scalded, grilled on the barbie, on bread, on the half shell, stewed, nude, cooked in savory sauces, in salads, even in desserts, just about every way imaginable and then some.