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October 13, 2009   Email to Friend 

NATIONAL PEANUT FESTIVAL GATES OPEN OCT. 30
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
October 13, 2009

DOTHAN, Ala. --  It may be the largest event of its kind paying tribute to the peanut, but the 2009 National Peanut Festival is about far more than peanuts. It's goat, sheep, hog and cattle shows, karate tournaments, parades, amusement rides and concerts.

After almost a month of preliminary events that include beauty pageants, clown school and more, the event begins in earnest at 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 30 at the fairgrounds on U.S. 231 South, three miles south of the Ross Clark Circle in Dothan. The fair continues until Sunday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m.

About half of the peanuts grown in the United States are grown within a 100-mile radius of the town, and the festival is held annually to honor peanut growers and celebrate the harvest season.

In fact, Monday, Nov. 2, is designated as Peanut Farmers' Appreciation Day. Farmers can download ticket information and application below.

Eric Church, Gloriana, Lady Antebellum, chuck Wicks, Shane Owens, Jessie James and Honor Society are among the artists who'll be in performing.

Daily shows also include a petting zoo, elephants, camels, a motorcycle "globe of death" and a high-wire trapeze act.

For more information, call (334) 793-4323, email nationalpeanut@aol.com or visit www.NationalPeanutFestival.com.

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