National Peanut Festival a Necessity For Non-Profits

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

While rides are the big ticket item for some, the way to many Peanut Festival-goers hearts is still through their stomach.

"It's pretty good stuff out here," Northview High School student Will Turner said Wednesday. "I got some funnel cake myself, and my girlfriend got some corndogs."

But it's not just those who eat the food that leave happy. Each year the Festival is the number one fundraiser for many non-profit groups including the Dothan Fireman Relief Fund.

Captain Chris Etheredge with the Dothan Fire Department says all the money they raise is important.

"To help support firefighters that may be injured in the line of duty," Etheredge said. "It supports medical expenses that our members and their families have that are not picked up by insurance."

It is hard to ignore band boosters as you gaze for snacking options. Dothan High band Director Steve McClendon says Peanut Festival returns account for about 60% of their budget annually. He says they do more business at the Festival than at Football games during the season.

Northview High Band officials say they have raised around $25,000 so far at the Festival.

Other groups say it's not uncommon to make $5-$7,000 on a well-attended day.

At the end of the day festival-goers say the food and causes make it worth every penny.


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