Peanut Festival Offers Something for Everyone

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

The National Peanut Festival is an annual tradition here in the wiregrass.

Saturday, fair-goers braved the rainy weather for an experience they characterize as unique to the area.

The National Peanut Festival offers a little something for everyone.

"It's great fun for all ages, there's rides and stuff for the big kids and animals for the little kids and I love the food the food's delicious and every year we don't miss it,” said Dothan resident Kevin Watford.

This is the 66th year the festival has been held in Dothan.

For veterans of the fair, each year is a little different.

“The rides are better than last year!” said Luke Herngon.

But for rookies, the rides may be a bit too much.

“Tornado. That was the first one we went on I felt like I was going to puke,” said Crestview, Florida resident Yvonne Masters.

The first full day of the fair featured some very creepy costumes.

“It's Halloween you got to have spirit you know!” said Trevor Cook, dressed at the villain The Joker.

Watford says the peanut festival is good entertainment at a good price.

"It's definitely in the budget. We plan ahead and make sure we don't miss the peanut festival,"

He says the “Nutfest” is unlike any other festival.

"A lot of areas have fairs and festivals and stuff but you know this one's got a different feel to it,”

He believes support from Wiregrass residents, helps make the festival a huge success.

"I think the community involvement. Everyone gets behind it and everyone shows up, it's a big event,”

Why don't you go check out the peanut festival tonight?

The Gloriana and Eric Church concert starts at 7:30.

But of course, make sure you show up in costume because it is Halloween.

On Sunday, gates open at 1 pm and you get a dollar off admission with a church bulletin.

The lady antebellum concert starts at 7:30 p-m.


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