Peanut Festivals

National and regional peanut festivals celebrate the importance of goobers to community, commerce, and culture.
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USA

Alabama

Dothan, AL- The 70th National Pea-nut Festival was November 1st through November 10th, 2013.

Wooden nickels were used to promote the first National P-Nut Festival in 1938. Secretary of Dothan Chamber of Commerce, Harry Hall, said "Money may not grow on trees but our wooden nickels backed by the peanut harvest is evidence that truth is stranger than fiction for everywhere around Dothan you can spend this unusual money".

Ferris Wheel National Peanut Festival Dothan Alabama Dancin' Dave Dothan Alabama National Peanut Festival

George Washington Carver spoke at the first National Festival in Dothan, Alabama on November 11, 1938.

The National Peanut Festival in Dothan continues to be a huge seasonal event in the tri-state region of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, attracting about 200,000 people yearly.

More than 50% of USA peanuts are grown within 100 miles of Dothan, proclaiming itself as the "The Peanut Capital of the World".

Peanuts in Dothan - Festival and Farming Videos



Vintage National Pea-nut Festival photos
Official National P-Nut Festival website

Luverne, AL - World's Largest Peanut Boilin' was Saturday, August 31, 2013 alongside the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce third annual Peanut Boil Festival.

Luverne Alabama World's Largest Peanut Boil Guiness record holder The Crenshaw County Shriners have hosted the annual Peanut Boil in Luverne for the past 40 years. Hundreds of volunteers boil and sell about 60,000 pounds of peanuts as a fundraiser for Shiner's Burn Centers. This is the largest peanut boil in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.


Florida

Jay, FL - The 24th annual Peanut festival at Gabbert Farm was October 5 and 6, 2013.

Jay Peanut Festival, Jay, Florida
"The Jay festival has horse rides, antiques, farm museum, food, peanuts — green boiled, roasted, baked goods, restored antique farm equipment, sugar cane mill, pig chase, bubble gum contest, kiddie pedal tractor pull, wagon ride, hay ride, pony and train rides, live bluegrass, country, and gospel music."

Williston, FL - The 25th Annual Central Florida Harvest, and Peanut Festival was Saturday, October 5, 2013, in Williston's Linear Park.

The annual festival has arts and crafts, live music, children's rides, games, antique tractors and cars. There is always a variety of vendor foods at the festival, especially peanuts - roasted, boiled, fried, and baked. The Little Peanut King and Queen, and Baby Peanut contests are popular Central Florida Harvest, and Peanut festival events. This family oriented event draws more than 9,000 people annually.


Georgia

Blakely - Peanut Proud a Celebration, was March 23, 2013

2013's celebration included a parade, pageant, peanut recipe contest, 'cutest little goober' contest, arts and crafts, peanut obstacle course, food vendors, kids pedal powered tractor pull, 5k Run, fun run, antique farm equipment, entertainment by Diamond Rio, John Berry, Cole Taylor, The Claude Bell Project, The Fabulous Expressions, and Hwy 55.

Enjoy the sights and sounds from the 2012 event in Blakely in this video.



Brooklet, GA

Brooklet Georgia Peanut Festival

The 24th Brooklet p-nut festival was held August 17, 2013. Brooklet is located in Southeast Georgia, about 45 minutes from Savannah. Day long events include a peanut run, parade, arts and crafts, food vendors, free entertainment, and street dance.



Plains, GA

The 17th annual Plains Peanut Festival on September 28, 2013, kicked off with a 1 mile fun run, and 5k road race, followed by the downtown parade, arts and crafts vendors. Educational exhibits highlighted the importance of agriculture to the Sumter County community.

Sylvester, GA

Sylvester Georgia Peanut Festival

The 50th annual Georgia Peanut Festival was Saturday, October 19, 2013.

The event at T.C. Jeffords Park in downtown Sylvester included an arts and crafts show, food vendors, live entertainment, mechanical bull riding, peanut cooking contest, and downtown parade with bands, clowns, cars, local celebrities, politicians, beauty queens, and floats.

The Georgia Peanut Festival is the record holder for making the world’s largest peanut butter sandwich, 12 feet wide by 12 feet long in 1987.



North Carolina

Fountain, NC

The 6th annual Fountain Peanut Festival was August 16th and 17th, 2013. Celebrating community and the end of summer, the eastern North Carolina festival attracts about 10,000 people per year. The festival features live music, arts and crafts, a variety of foods, entertainers, and amusement rides.

Dublin, NC

The 22nd annual Dublin Peanut Festival is September 20th, 2014.

Edenton, NC

Peanut Festival was October 5, 2013. Festival and parade occur during the day, Battle of the Bands will be taking place at John A. Holmes High School.


New Mexico

Portales/Clovis ENMU

The 40th annual Peanut Valley Festival in Portales/Clovis will be held October 19 and 20, 2013. The festival took place at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in conjunction with the High Plains Quilt Festival. Many people don't think of New Mexico as peanut country but 80% of Valencia peanuts grown in the USA come from this region. This video covers Valencia peanut harvesting, processing, roasting, inspection by New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and products made with Valencia peanuts. Most of the region's Valencia peanuts are sent to the Sunland Peanut plant in Portales.


South Carolina

Pelion, SC - South Carolina Peanut Party
The 32nd annual South Carolina Peanut Party was August 8 to August 10, 2013 at the Pelion Community Club, 951 Pine Street. The Peanut Party grand opening began with the blessing of the pots by the local clergy. Events included a car show, dog show, librarybook sale, arts and crafts, peanut party parade, softball tournament, and a PB&J eating contest. Music was provided by the Mattie Phifer Band featuring Freddie Vanderford and Brandon Turner.

Pelion South Carolina Peanut Party boiled peanuts

Boiled peanuts are South Carolina's official state snack food. This WLTX TV video shows how Mayor Charlie Haggard has boiled peanuts at the party for 29 years.

Charlie boils the green peanuts in plain water for about 2 1/2 hours, then soaks them in a salt water bath for 2 1/2 hours.

The South Carolina Peanut Party has been going Nuts over Boiled Peanuts for 29 years. The Peanut Party has the South Carolina Peanut Princess Pageant, live Gospel music, Parade, Carnival Rides and Boiled Peanuts.

Up to 130 bushels of peanuts are boiled in huge pots near the community center by the Pelion Ruritan club members and families. That's a lot of peanuts!


Texas

Floresville, TX The 69th annual Pea-nut Festival was October 8, 10, 11 and 12, 2013 in downtown Floresville, around the Courthouse Square.

Grapeland, TX 68th Annual Peanut Festival in Grapeland, Texas was October 10, 11, and 12, 2013.

Whitesboro. TX

The 48th annual festival was Saturday October 19, 2013, with a carnival, food, fun, crafts, 5 stages with entertainment, parade, and classic car show.


Virginia

Emporia, VA - Virginia Pea-nut Festival

Celebrating food, family, and heritage, the 51st annual Virginia P-nut Festival was September 27 to September 29, 2013. The 51st anniversary included a parade, pageant, car show, carnival, Evening in the Park with food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and bands playing under the Pavilion.

"The crowd brings chairs, and blankets, finding their special spot on the hillside together with family, and friends. Dancers, young and old, enjoy the music, and fellowship during this family oriented the event."

The following day the parade traveled along Main Street with several high school bands, local favorites, and other fun entries.

Suffolk, VA

October 10 to October 13, 2013 was the 36th anniversary of Suffolk, Virginia’s premier festival. This family event honors the city’s agriculture heritage, and devotion to peanuts. The 2013 Peanut Festival featured concerts, amusement rides, contests and competitions, a demolition derby, a truck and tractor pull, motorcycle rally, and fireworks. As many as 125,000 people attend the 4 day event in Suffolk.
Suffolk Ruritan Shrimp Feast is a traditional kick-off activity held at the festival. Upwards of 5,000 people enjoyed all they can eat steamed shrimp, barbecue, chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, and rolls.

Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival, Surry County, VA.

The 37th annual event at Chippokes Plantation State Park Surry County, Virginia was Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2013. Entertainment on the River Road Stage included the Gospel Country Messengers, EZ Street Band, Flatland Bluegrass Band, Nikki Heady Ministries, the Nansemond River Boys, Common Ground, Dave Cynar, Heather Edwards Band, and Hard Knox. The Gas and Steam Engine Show joined the festival in 2012. Enter the 3rd Annual BBQ Cookoff.


Australia

Kingaroy, Queensland Australia

The Kingaroy Peanut Festival was held April 8 through April 13, 2013.

2009 Kingaroy Festival Contest - Kingaroy Peanuts - Peanut Farming


The first video shows how they harvest peanuts down under, old school, without GPS. The farmer discusses the importance of moisture level during harvest.

The second video shows the peanut thresher pull competition during the 2009 Kingaroy groundnut festival.

India

Kadlekai or Kadalekaye Parishe (Groundnut Fair) - Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka India and Fair at the groundnut festival.

The groundnut festival in Bangalore must the oldest annual peanut festival in the world, having started in the 16th century. "This annual peanut festival predates the founding of the city of Bengaluru."

Peanuts are always in demand at Subbamma's Basavangudi, Bangalore. This peanut stand was founded in 1947 by the grandmother of the present owner.
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