National Peanut Festival Wraps-up in Dothan

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Another fun-filled week at the National Peanut Festival has come and gone.

The 66th annual event wrapped up on Sunday in Dothan.

“We've had good attendance this year, its better than I expected,”

National Peanut Festival President George Jeffcoat says before the fair began, board members were worried attendance would be down due to the lagging economy.

But that, wasn't the case.

“The first Sunday night we had Lady Antebellum and that drew a lot of people. That was probably a record setting night for us,” said Jeffcoat.

He says people recognize the peanut festival as good entertainment at a fair price.

“It’s just a reasonable entertainment and they're hunting something close to home and we've had a lot of rides specials and gates specials and they've taken advantage of that. Probably the biggest hit we've had was the 10 buck Tuesday; everybody could ride for $10,” added Jeffcoat

This is the first year the Reithoffer shows provided the gravity-defying rides.

“It's been good they've been willing to do anything we've wanted to they've suggested some of the rides specials. It's very similar to what we've always had it's just continued to grow,”

Jeffcoat believes the peanut festival helps define the Wiregrass.

“Its just a tradition that everyone looks forward to it every year and it only lasts nine days and we always look forward to it. I’ve been coming to it ever since I can remember,”

Sunday, crews were busy tearing down tents and taking out the trash.

Jeffcoat says while he's sad to see the festival go, he's looking forward to getting some shut-eye.

“It's been kind of tiring for me I’d like to get some sleep. I’ve lost a lot of sleep this week and I’m looking forward to it being over,” laughed Jeffcoat.

It may seem a little early to be speaking about next year's festival but organizers say they'll begin planning for that come January 1st.

The official attendance numbers for the National Peanut Festival haven't been released just yet.

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