Virginia governor is grand marshal of Food City 300

Betsi JamesOur Town Eats

Food City is gearing up for the Friday, September 16, running of the 30th Anniversary Food City 300, one of the most popular events in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin will serve as grand marshal.

“Food City has stepped up when Virginians needed them most, from Buchanan County flood recovery assistance to aiding families across the Commonwealth. I’m honored to serve as the grand marshal for this year’s event,” said Youngkin.

Steven Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer, noted that Food City has always been headquartered in Virginia and “our team is excited to welcome Gov. Youngkin as grand marshal.”

Travis Staton, president, and chief executive officer for United Way of Southwest Virginia, will serve as honorary starter, waving the green flag to unleash the pack. Staton said he represents the many first responders, individuals and organizations that have worked tirelessly to aid Virginians who have lost so much over the past year.

Staton is currently overseeing the long-term recovery efforts for multiple disasters, including the 2021 Hurley, Virginia, flood and the flooding in Buchanan County, Virginia and surrounding counties that occurred in July.

Congrats to Joshua Combs

Joshua Combs

Each year, the International Fresh Produce Association hosts the annual Retail Produce Manager Awards. Joshua Combs, produce manager for the Food City in Galax, Virginia, was named among this year’s winners.

Bucky Slagle, Food City vice president of produce operations, congratulated Combs on the honor. “Joshua is dedicated to providing our customers with the best service, quality and variety, while promoting the many health benefits of eating fresh produce.”

Combs will be recognized during the IFPA Global Produce & Floral Show in October, 2022, in Orlando, Florida.

Jobs, jobs, jobs: Food City continues to hire for full- or part-time jobs, entry-level or skilled positions. Interested candidates can apply online at or visit any Food City store to complete an application.

Betsi James is special events manager for Food City’s Knoxville and Chattanooga divisions. Food City’s corporate office contributed to this report.

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