Peanut Festival Businesses Doing OK

By: Martha Spencer Email
By: Martha Spencer Email

Tonight is the 6th night of the National Peanut Festival and thanks to great weather, all of the events have been able to go off without a hitch.

An Indian Summer with sunny days and mild nights has helped all the 2008 Peanut Festival events run smoothly. Despite slower business on Halloween and Election Night, officials say this year could beat last years sales..

2008 NPF President Pat Holland said "crowds were great Saturday afternoon through closing twelve a clock on saturday night, we had good crowds great weather everyone came out to have a great time"

"I think we'll be at par if not better because we could not prescribe better weather." said 2008 NPF Treasurer James Etheredge.

And despite the election and halloween, vendors are staying positive about business.

Kettle Corn Vender John Rolling comes down from Wisconsin every year.

"It's been a little bit soft at the beginning but not bad considering that we had halloween last friday night and last night we had a vote" hey says.

Charla Culbreath of The Corn Dog Man booth said, "there are several more days to go and I think people are just gonna save up for the end of the weekend and have a blowout."

"Yesterday was real slow I think everyone was waiting in anticipation on our presidency but hopefully its gonna pick up the rest of the week." said Jean Thornton, a vendorfrom Florida.

Even with the election, officials say numbers were higher than expected for Tuesday night.

Holland "actually last night our numbers were up some so people did their voting they came out and had a good time, and waited til later to come home and get the results."

With that said, there is one area of the Peanut Festival that will never fall short.

" the smiles on all the consumers and students faces, having a good time". said JJ Lightel, a vistor from the Vivian B. Adams school.

Tonight is Ladies Night at the Peanut Festival. Women will only be charged four dollars entry fee as opposed to the normal seven dollars. Also, women will be charged ten dollars for a ride bracelet, which is normally twenty dollars.

Jimmy Wayne will be performing at the ampitheatre at seven thirty this evening.

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