Celebrating food, family, and heritage, the 53rd annual Virginia P-nut Festival was September 24 to September 27, 2015. The 53rd anniversary included blue grass music, cloggers, arts, crafts, children's games, pony rides, civil war exhibit, educational exhibits, antique farm equipment, farm tours, and live music.
National and regional peanut festivals celebrate the importance of goobers to community, commerce, and culture.
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".
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".
Vintage National Pea-nut Festival photos
Official National P-Nut Festival website
Luverne, AL - The 6th Annual Peanut Boil Festival was Saturday, September 26, 2015.
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.
Jay, FL - The 26th annual Peanut festival at Gabbert Farm was October 3rd, and 4th, 2015.
Blakely - Peanut Proud a Celebration, is March 19, 2016
2016's celebration will include 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, street dance, and entertainment by live bands.
Enjoy the sights and sounds from the 2012 event in Blakely in this video.
The 26th Brooklet p-nut festival was held August 15, 2015. 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.
The 19th annual Plains Peanut Festival on September 26, 2015, 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.
The 50th annual Georgia Peanut Festival was Saturday, October 17, 2015.
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.
Columbia, SC - Palmetto Peanut Boil
Founded in 2008, the Palmetto Peanut Boil competition celebrates food, friends and fun. All proceeds benefit the Brent Davis Foundation for the Ronald McDonald House Charities®, and the Animal Mission. The 8th annual Palmetto Peanut Boil was held October 24th, 2015, on the 2800 Block of Devine Street, Columbia, South Carolina.
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!
Floresville, TX The 72nd annual Pea-nut Festival is October 4th, 6th, and 7th, 2016 in downtown Floresville, around the Courthouse Square.
Grapeland, TX 70th Annual Peanut Festival in Grapeland, Texas is October 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2016.
Emporia, VA - Virginia Pea-nut Festival
"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.
Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival, Surry County, VA.
Kingaroy, Queensland Australia
The Kingaroy Peanut Festival was held April 8 through April 13, 2013.
2009 Kingaroy Festival Contest - Kingaroy Peanuts - Peanut Farming
The second video shows the peanut thresher pull competition during the 2009 Kingaroy groundnut festival.
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.
return home from peanut festivals