Contests and Livestock Shows are a Hit at this Year's Peanut Festival

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

People around the Wiregrass have spent all year raising livestock, growing prize winning plants, tweaking recipes, and building crafts all for a grand prize ribbon at the Peanut Festival.

The tables of peanut recipes are a chocoholic's dream and an overwhelming task for Peanut Festival recipe contest judges.

This year's adult winner, Ann Fennell wowed the judges with a quiche and the 10-year-old student winner, Paxton Peacock may be small but his peanut butter cheesecake was big in taste.

"I pick out a recipe, then I mix a little bit of my own secret recipe to it and just tweak it a little bit," said Peacock.

In the commercial building you'll find rows of photography and arts and crafts projects. They’re all competing in a number of categories.

"Our judges come from out of town. Some are local some are from out of town,” says Carrie Williams, the Crafts and Hobbies Chairman, “We have several that come in from Montgomery. We have them that specialize in certain areas."

You'll also notice the plants in the horticulture contest have required more than just a green thumb.

"Quality, overall quality of the plant, shape of the plant; if a person has taken good care of it by turning it, quality of the bloom; if the foliage is good foliage or if it's had any damage to it," says Crystal Foster, the horticulture chairman.

The livestock barns are full of cows and other farm animals getting washed, cut and blown out before their big shows.

"It's about like a beauty pageant to be honest with you for cows," says Tim Blackmon as he grooms a cow.

Shelby Windham explains to me how to brush out a cow before a show.

"Sometimes some cows’ hair is really thick and some cows hair is really short like this one.

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