Regardless of whether you like peanuts, Saturday promises a day full of food, fun and family as the 28th annual Brooklet Peanut Festival gives the goober its day in the spotlight.
The festival celebrates Brooklet’s rich agricultural history and its major crop, peanuts. There will be an abundance of the penders available throughout the day — boiled, fried, roasted and in candies and baked goods, said Randy Newman, event chairman.
The festival is hosted by the Brooklet Community Development Association, a volunteer-based organization that also oversees the town’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
The event starts early at 7 a.m. with the Peanut Run 5k. Anyone interested in participating may call (912) 823-3668 or apply online at www.brookletpeanutfestival.com.
A parade that will be televised locally begins at 10 a.m., with local dignitaries, classic cars, antique tractors, beauty queens, clowns, motorcycles and more, Newman said.
At noon on Warnock Street, the tractor races will begin. There will be kiddie pedal tractor races with age divisions, and afterward, a slow tractor race will feature antique machines puttering along to see how long they can keep running while chugging as slowly as they can, he said.
Live entertainment will take place throughout the day, with the entertainment pavilion nestled in the center of the vendor field.
“We have a record number of vendors this year,” he said. “We are having a hard time finding a place to put them!”
Live plants, jewelry, arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, toys, decorations and just about anything one could imagine will be available to purchase from private vendors, he said. And as for food, there are always hamburgers, barbecue, pork skins, baked goods, iced drinks, lemonade, funnel cakes and, as mentioned before, peanuts of all kinds.
There will be rides and attractions for children as well, including jump houses, he said.
At 7 p.m., the street dance will begin, and the party ends at 10:30 p.m., Newman said. The event is family friendly and no drugs, alcohol or violence is permitted.
A free shuttle service is offered from parking areas to the festival site.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.