On this day in Alabama history: First National Peanut Festival held in Dothan

On this day in Alabama history: First National Peanut Festival held in Dothan
Hot boiled peanuts are among the many peanut-related treats available at the National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Houston County. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Dothan Magazine)

November 10, 1938

The first National Peanut Festival was held in Dothan, featuring special guest George Washington Carver. The three-day festival included a pageant, a parade, a historical play and a grand ball. Held annually each fall, the festival celebrates the harvest season and the region’s peanut industry, which grows more than 65 percent of the nation’s peanuts. Today, the event is the largest peanut festival in the nation, attracting more than 165,000 guests annually over a 10-day period. The festival includes carnival rides, livestock shows, agricultural displays, live music, pageants and competitions — including sewing, cake decorating, photography and who has grown the largest peanut.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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