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October 03, 2007   Email to Friend 

Teresa Wilson
(334) 792-6482
October 03, 2007

DOTHAN, Ala. -- Just in time for the 64th annual National Peanut Festival, a new category has been added and a few changes have been made to the festival's recipe contest on Nov. 1, 1 p.m., in the Volunteer Building on the NPF Fairgrounds in Dothan.

The major change for the recipe contest will be separate competitions for adults over age 18 and students 18 and younger.

Also a new "Miscellaneous" category has been added for both adult and student divisions. Items for the category will include anything containing peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil or other peanut products without sugar, such as: soup, dip, main dish, breads, etc. Persons entering the new category will need to indicate if their entry needs to be heated prior to judges sampling that entry.

Other categories are Cakes, Candies, Cookies and Pies. Of course, all recipes must include peanuts or some type of peanut product.

Entries will be accepted from 8-10 a.m., with judging beginning at 10 a.m.

Another change to the contest concerns the awards ceremony location. As the competition has been growing over the years, so has the need for a larger facility to host the awards program. For 2007, the NPF Recipe Contest Awards Ceremony will be at 1 p.m. in the Ameris Arena Building on the southside of the NPF fairgrounds.

There will be a designated area of the arena sectioned off for the awards presentations. Those attending are asked to park in the south gate parking area. The NPF Cake Decorating Contest awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the recipe contest awards ceremony.

There are new prizes for both competitions, thanks to the addition of a new sponsor in Kitchen Craft International. The grand prize in the adult division will be $100 and a basic cookware set from Kitchen Craft International, valued at $1,695, plus other prizes and gifts. Adult division category awards are $75 and blue ribbon for first place, $50 and red ribbon for second place, and $25 and white ribbon for third place.

Grand prize in the student division is $75 and a bakeware set from Kitchen Craft valued at nearly $300, plus other prizes and gifts. First place in the student division is $50 and blue ribbon, $25 and red ribbon for second place and $10 and white ribbon for third place. There will also be three honorable mention ribbons.

To enter, contestants should obtain an official entry form by contacting the National Peanut Festival office at (334) 793-4323 or 866-277-3962 or the Alabama Peanut Producers Association at (334) 792-6482.

Other sponsors for the recipe competition include: WOOF radio, Kitchen Craft International, Dakota Coffee Works, Coca Cola Bottling of Dothan, The Dothan Eagle, March of Dimes ? Wiregrass Division, Sessions Company, Becker-Underwood and Logan's Roadhouse.

The National Peanut Festival is held each fall to celebrate the harvest season. About half of the peanuts grown in the United States are grown within a 100-mile radius of Dothan.

The fairgrounds are on U.S. 231 South -- just three miles south of the Ross Clark Circle. The festivities include numerous family events, such as amusement rides, animal acts, agricultural displays, live music concerts, beauty pageants, arts & crafts displays, contests, food, a two-hour parade, of course, tons of peanuts! For more information about the National Peanut Festival, contests or schedule of events, visit www.NationalPeanutFestival.com.

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