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Michael Wilson, 2, top, entertains himself while waiting in line for lemonade on the shoulders of grandfather Ronnie Lee during the the 25th Annual Peanut Festival Saturday. - photo by Scott Bryant

   How hot was it at the Brooklet Peanut Festival last weekend?
    It was so hot, all you had to do to boil peanuts was place them in water that had been exposed to the sunlight.
    It was so hot, peanuts lying in the sun spontaneously fried themselves in their own grease.
    It was so hot, peanuts exposed to a certain angle of the sun roasted with no help from cooking equipment.
    ...OK, we might be slightly exaggerating.
    Despite temperatures soaring well into the 90s that felt like they were in the 100s, the Brooklet Peanut Festival drew large crowds to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
    It started early, as usual, with a 5K run, followed by the parade down Parker Avenue. Then the festival took over, with peanuts in every way you can imagine — even peanut gumbo — along with all the usual treats you find at festivals.
    And don’t forget that slow tractor race. If you’ve never seen one, you really ought to make it a point to go to Brooklet next August, scarf down some peanuts and see just how slow those tractors can go without having their engines cut out.

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