Peanut Festival welcomes special citizens

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — The festival opened its gates early Wednesday for Special Citizens Day.

The National Peanut Festival in Dothan begins today. At the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds, the gates open at 4 p.m. for visitors young and old, followed by an official ribbon cutting one hour later.

More than ,3200 special needs citizens attended.

Kids of all ages came out from across the Wiregrass to join in on the peanut festivities.

Rides were open free of charge to students and adult alike, and the Peanut Festival even treated them to a concert and a generous serving of fair food.

The festival staff says the day is an important opportunity to give back to the special needs community.

James Etheredge on the Peanut Festival Board of Trustees says:
"[The festival is] some place to go to that they normally don't get a chance to go to, a lot of people because of their needs are not able to travel and go somewhere, so it's closer to home. Also, it makes us feel good too, because we receive - more than we give."