Good Neighbor Festival


Good neighbor festival 2018

Saturday, September 22nd, 7 am to 3 pm

Join us for a fun-filled day to raise money for needy families in our community. We'll kick off the day with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast (donation based) and will follow that with an all-day tented community yard sale, live entertainment, craft show, bake sale and hot lunch available including hot dogs, hamburgers, bbq and more. 

This event is free and open to the public. On site at Hickory United Methodist Church - 2708 South Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322 - at the corner of Benefit Road and Battlefield Blvd. 

"furthering the lord's work in our community."

In 1986, a hard working Church family found themselves more than $200,000.00 in debt due to tough economic circumstances. After selling their farm and their farm equipment, they were still more than $40,000.00 short and were about to loose everything. Several members of the church decided that they would organize a festival to help the family - to be "good neighbors."

The festival planning garnered media attention from The Virginian Pilot, WVEC Channel 13 News and the local CBS affiliate. Contributions from all over the community started pouring in. The day of the first Good Neighbor Festival, reporters and televisions crews were on the scene. Before the breakfast had ended, the cash boxes were full, and the generosity continued throughout the day. The money was raised, the family's home was saved. But new needs within our congregation and community continued to arise. 

A committee met once again and determined that since someone will always be in need in our community, we could make the Good Neighbor Festival an annual event, with all the proceeds from the festival going towards those who need it most. Since 1986 we have raised over $200,000 all of which has been used to help families in Hickory, Great Bridge and Moyock.

If you are interested in helping with the Good Neighbor Festival or if you know of someone who may need assistance from our Good Neighbor funds, please contact Cindy Williams at