Local vendors fundraising for the year at the National Peanut Festival

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DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) -- Patrons to the National Peanut Festival may have noticed a few tents and booths on the outskirts of the midway.

They are run by groups from across the Wiregrass, who are holding their biggest fundraisers of the year.

Dothan Fire Battalion Chief, Jim Watson was busy raising money for the Dothan Fireman Relief Fund, and he says, "This is our one and only thing that we do for fundraising. And all throughout the year, it pays for major medical deductibles on insurance. Someone's injured, we can use this to give them assistance, financially."

It's not just first responders at the festival, booster clubs for Wiregrass marching bands are dishing out the goods as well.

Amy Vanhoose from the Slocomb Athletic Association says, "This is very important. It's a pivotal part of our fundraising for the schools. It helps pay for the buses for the band, it helps pay for athletic equipment for different athletes from all sports..."

Jeanette McCraney is the Treasurer for the Dothan High School Band Boosters, and she tells us, "I feel that it's very important to set up a booth out here to raise money for the kids, and for the marching band."

Headland High School Band Boosters Vice President, Heather Stemaris said, "We are trying to get new uniforms, and the money we raise from this will go towards getting them new uniforms."

But even being at the National Peanut Festival, everyone is showing off their pride.

With all of these groups raising money to help their causes, whether it's a school marching band, or first responder relief, festival patrons can come knowing their money is going back into the community.

The festival gates will open Monday afternoon at 4:30.

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