Photos: Quiet moments register at Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

This weekend, the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is humming with visitors, tents and activities, all part of the 43rd Neptune Festival. A parade and fireworks? Check. Sand sculptures? Of course. And a regatta, volleyball and musical performances, too.

But as Southside Daily reporter Kate Mishkin found Friday, the festival also offers quieter moments: a child in a stroller, holding an American flag; a vendor trying on a straw hat; a golden retriever, ready for a forever home.

Those are just some of the scenes she observed. Check out more of what she saw in this gallery of her photos.

The schedule for today’s festivities is here.


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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.