Do you like peanuts? Then you might want to head to the “Peanut Capital of the World” in Dothan, Alabama in the fall
Each fall the largest peanut festival in the world is held in Dothan, Alabama to “honor local peanut farmers and to celebrate the harvest season.”
Dothan is the heart of peanut country. Did you know that the majority of all the peanuts grown in United States area grown within a 100 mile radius of Dothan?
The first festival started on a “near freezing Thursday Thursday, November 10, 1938. It lasted three days, and included a pageant, parade, play and a grand ball. The guest speaker that year was Dr. George Washington Carver.
The festival became an annual event until 1941 when it was postponed until the end of World War II. However, it was renewed in 1947 and has continued each year since.
The location of the National Peanut Festival is at the fairgrounds on US Highway 231 South.
“With over 200 acres, 2 exhibit buildings, an amphitheater, an open air arena and an Ag complex, the fairgrounds are now capable of hosting year-round events and further promoting agriculture in the Wiregrass area, in addition to hosting the yearly harvest celebration. Today, the National Peanut Festival has grown from a three-day event in 1938, to a ten-day event with attendance in excess of 150,000 fairgoers.”
Check out more details here: National Peanut Festival
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