2005 National Peanut Festival

NPF Kick-Off Celebration

The National Peanut Festival is less than a month away and WTVY News 4 attended a kick-off celebration last night and has this report on the upcoming festivities.

You need two things for a happening party - good music and good food. Organizers of this year's national peanut festival had both, and more, at Monday night's kick-off event.

The promotion machine for the festival is now in full swing, with local leaders taking part.

Houston County Commissioner Frances Cook and Chairman Mark Culver served burgers and Dothan Mayor Pat Thomas had the drinks covered.

But what sets apart the 2005 festival from those of years past? Pat Thomas says organizers have made the effort to include folks from outside the city.

But the mayor admits the event is a wash economically. He says the only way to accomplish a revenue boom for Dothan is to attract folks from outside the region: a goal the board of trustees can see down the line.

For more information on the National Peanut Festival, including a calendar of events, you can log onto www.nationalpeanutfestival.com.