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Brooklet Peanut Festival celebrates 25 years
081713 PEANUT FEST 03
Tony Murray of the Cook Shack from Blackshear packs down peanuts in boiling water to make sure they cook evenly during the 2013 Brooklet Peanut Festival. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/file

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

• 7 a.m. - Peanut Run 5K run/walk
• 10 a.m. - Parade begins through downtown Brooklet
• 10 a.m. - Vendor booths open
• After the parade, free entertainment at festival site throughout the day
• 11:30 a.m. - Southeast Bulloch High School Band
• Noon - Third Infantry Division Army Band
• 12:30 p.m. - Mark Cartwright
• 1 p.m. - Brickhouse Live
• 1:30 p.m. - Kermit Newman
• 2 p.m. - Hunter Flanagan
• 2:30 p.m. - State Prison Cloggers
• 3 p.m. - Cole Tomlinson
• 3:30 p.m. - Kings Highway
• 4 p.m. - Cherokee Ridge
• 4:30 p.m. - Hunter Flanagan
• 5 p.m. - Glenn Walden, Elvis impersonator
• 5:30 p.m. - Cherokee Ridge
• 6 p.m. - Kings Highway
• 6:30 p.m. - Brickhouse Live
• 7 p.m. - Street dance with The Variations
• 10:30 p.m. - Dance ends, festival closes

 

Every August for the past 25 years, the town of Brooklet has gone a little nutty in the name of fundraising — and just plain fun.

Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the popular festival, which features a parade, 5K run, slow tractor race, kiddie rides and peanuts prepared in every way imaginable.

This year, a vendor will offer something new — peanut gumbo — said City Councilman Randy Newman, the Brooklet Community Development Authority chairman.

Vendors will offer all types of food, including traditional boiled peanuts and funnel cakes. Others will have booths with crafts, jewelry and more, Newman said.

Parking is limited, but volunteers will provide a free shuttle service with designated stops.

Brooklet Police Chief Mike Buchan reminds citizens that the event is an "alcohol-free, family-oriented fun atmosphere." Alcohol is banned, even during the nighttime street dance, which will feature The Variations.

"It will be hot, so be careful, keep up with your kids and have a good time," Buchan said.

Another reminder — anyone one younger than 16 and anyone who is not a licensed driver will not be allowed to operate golf carts or any other motorized vehicle in Brooklet, he said.

The day begins at 7 a.m. with the Peanut Run, and is followed by a parade at 10 a.m. with former Brooklet Postmaster Alvis Tyson as grand marshal.

Live entertainment will be available throughout the day, and Newman said the "big fans" will keep the air cool near the pavilion, where the entertainment is held.

A kiddie pedal tractor race will be held at noon, followed by the "slow tractor race" where participants see how slow their tractor can go without "choking down" and shutting off.

The festival attracts thousands of visitors annually from all over the region, Newman said.

For more information, visit brookletpeanutfestival.com.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

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