Peanut Festival sees attendance decline from last year

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DOTHAN, AL. (WTVY) - The 2018 National Peanut Festival will go down as one of the wettest in recent years.

The heavy rains combined with the impact of Hurricane Michael meant an 18% drop in attendance from last year.
But it wasn't all bad news for the festival.
Saturday saw record crowds with nearly 59,000 people enjoying the festivities.

"But advanced sales, by those purchasing tickets in advance and having the opportunity to come on Sunday, kind of balanced it out," said National Peanut Festival President Beverly Lampkin. "We weren't down as much as we thought we would be down."

The Peanut Festival staff thanks all the vendors and volunteers who made this year's festival a success despite the weather.

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