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October 29, 2008   Email to Friend 

PEANUT FESTIVAL TO SALUTE FARMERS NOV. 3
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
October 29, 2008

DOTHAN, Ala. -- A dairy goat show, border collie demonstration, calf scramble and greased pig contests will be on tap Nov. 3, as area peanut farmers will be saluted during the 65th National Peanut Festival at the fairgrounds in Dothan.

The festival, which celebrates the role peanuts play in the Wiregrass, actually opens the gates on Oct. 31 and events continue through Nov. 9.

About half the peanuts in the United States are grown within a 100-mile radius of Dothan.

Billed as a "Peanut Roundup," the festival is far more than peanuts, although there's plenty of those around. Amusement rides, concerts, beauty pageants, arts and crafts, fireworks, demolition derby, animal demonstrations and all kinds of contests abound.

The festival was inaugurated in 1938 on a near freezing day in November. That first year's event lasted three days and included a pageant, parade, historical play and a grand ball. The honored guest speaker was a modest, unassuming man from Tuskegee Institute who gained international fame with his development of over 300 products from the peanut, Dr. George Washington Carver.

For more information, visit www.nationalpeanutfestival.com or call (334) 793-4323

Download 2008 National Peanut Festival Schedule


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