DOTHAN'S NATIONAL PEANUT FESTIVAL MORE THAN PEANUTS
DOTHAN, Ala. -- It may be all about peanuts, but the 63rd National Peanut Festival on Nov. 3-12 in Dothan is more than that -- much more.
Animal acts, beauty pageants, cooking contests, agricultural displays, parades, arts and crafts, and concerts by big-name artists are all part of the fun at Dothan's 150-acre National Peanut Festival fairgrounds on U.S. 231 South, just three miles south of Ross Clark Circle. The Wiregrass region grows about half of the United States' peanut crop.
The festival officially begins with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m., followed by the Alabama-Bred Lamb Show in the Ag Building at 7 p.m. The Saturday events include a Junior Heifer-Feeder Steer Show, cheerleading contest, karate tournament, a wedding on the midway, and a two-hour Do Dah Parade.
Contemporary Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman, who holds 50 Dove Awards and has sold more than 10 million records and scored 44 No. 1 hits, will kick off a string of major musical events at the festival with his concert on Saturday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., at the NPF Amphitheater.
Other headliners include country music star Joe Nichols in concert on Sunday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Van Zant on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., and country music artist Jack Ingram on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.
In between, fair-goers can visit an antique tractor display, watch sea lions, elephants and border collies perform, and attend shows for poultry, goat, rabbit, lamb and hogs.
Admission prices are $6 in advance and $7 at the gate with advance sales ending Monday, Oct. 30. Under age 6 is admitted free. Various gate specials and amusement ride specials are set for various days.
For more information about events and specials, visit http://www.nationalpeanutfestival.com, email email@example.com call (334) 793-4323 or (866) 277-3962.