Peanut Festival Parade Rolls On

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

The cold weather didn't stop the crowds from enjoying the festivities at the Peanut Festival Parade today.

The parade went a block further than it usually does and there were few empty seats along the route.

The Annual Peanut Festival Parade rolled through downtown Dothan with WTVY’s own Ms. Ann Varnum as the Grand Marshall.

“I had the time of my life riding on top of the Wells Fargo Stage coach. I'm just thankful I got on and off without killing myself,” said Varnum.

“It makes me proud we have so much support here in the tri state area for the peanut festival,” said George Jeffcoat, President of the National Peanut Festival.

The parade enticed adults and children of all ages.

“I love to see the cars and the pretty queens,” said one on-looker.

But they weren't the only ones on the sidelines.

“We're here to raise money for Christmas fund,” said Faye Swain who’s attended the Peanut Parade for the last 30 years.

Vendors sold food and drinks to the anxious crowd.

“We were fortunate to have cocoa and hot coffee that sold right away,” said Swain.

But the main reason people come to the parade is for the band.

“Me and my kids and grandkids have been following this peanut festival for years and years and years and I enjoy every time I come,” said Mary Nelson from Dothan.

“I moved to Dothan when I was 17 and I don't think I missed 1 or 2 since then,” said Herman Gibson.

Gibson says diabetes almost kept him from attending the
parade Saturday.

But his determination wouldn't let him break the tradition.

“I have a lot of problems with it being able to stand for a long period of time. I would hate not to do it.”

It took the Peanut Festival Committee 4 months to configure the logistics of the parade.

As a reminder, Sunday is the last day for the peanut festival.

The Midway is the only area that will be open the fair closes at six.

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