It’s salty, plain, roasted, green and boiled. It’s also the star of the show, better known as Bladen County’s finest — Peanuts.
The peanut is always celebrated the third Saturday of September each year. This years’ date is Sept. 21. The festival is held in Dublin, also known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts, that is known and whose peanuts are shipped world wide.
The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade. Entry is free except for kings and queens, and prices vary depending on mode of transportation. Fees increase if not paid by Sept. 16.
In addition to the parade, there will be a Classic Cruisers Car Show, craft and food vendors, a barbecue plate sale, a Kiddie and Women’s Tractor Pull, a Corn Hole Tournament, a Home Baked Cake Sale, Five Thrill Seeker Mechanical Rides, huge bounce houses and outside fair games.
Organizers say the entertainment lineup is sure to keep you moving all day long. It leads off with the Leap of Faith Gospel Quartet, followed by South of Sanity, which offers audiences cassic rock, songs thru the 90’s and modern hits & Mojo Soul featuring Haley Hall (Variety Band).
New This Year: Bell & Bell Vintage Modified Racing Series Cars along with the Palms’ Legendary Series Vintage Late Model Racing Cars will be joining us for the Parade and Festival Day. They will be located outside the fence behind the School for Judging and Spectators.
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center will be holding a blood drive during the festival. To sign up visit www.savingliveslocally.org Search by Sponsor Code: M707.
This is sure to be one of our best festival’s yet, organizers noted. “We our 21 years strong and so proud of what we have accomplished. We are all about our local schools and our community. Please visit our website at www.dublinpeanutfestival.com and read About Us. Our committee looks forward to seeing each and everyone of you have a great memorable day. There’s nothing like seeing old friends and making new ones. So come on out and enjoy a day full of fun.”
No pets of any kind allowed, except service animals.