By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

We wouldn't be celebrating 65 years of peanut festival fun if it were not for these hard working farmers in our community.

This year, most of them are thankful for having such strong crops, as compared to last year's season.

"We've had good crops, I have had a good crop, and my yields have been above average than what we have had in the last 5 years probably." Says George Jeffcoat, VP, National Peanut Festival

Finally- a reason to celebrate last year's drought left many peanut and cotton farmers in the dust, but this year, crops are flourishing.

"Peanuts are a crop that can sustain dry weather and then react in May and that is what happened this year, and some farmers had rain the whole season." Says Jeffcoat.

Local farming experts say 60 percent of peanuts grown in the United States are grown within a 100 mile radius of Dothan, making the local industry quite powerful.

"You got a lot of farm dealers here and transportation for the peanuts and shelling plants but it multiplies the farmer’s income in the whole tri state area here with peanuts."

Every fall when the national peanut festival rolls around, its time to reflect not only on the season, but the reason that the peanut capital came to be.

"The peanuts festival grew out of the fact that we got away from growing cotton and we started growing peanuts in this area so its a way to celebrate the heritage of peanut farming in this area." Says Gloria Jeffcoat, Peanut Farmer and Educator

In order to show appreciation for farmers and their families, they were able to get into the festival free of charge tonight- a good way to say thanks for their contribution to our community.

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