Starting off with a parade Saturday, the 29th annual Brooklet Peanut Festival brings food, fun and a festive celebration of the town’s agricultural history.
The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. with local dignitaries, floats, classic cars and tractors as well as marching s and beauty queens. The festival opens in the downtown community pavilion, with rows upon rows of food and crafts vendors, children’s activities and attractions, and live entertainment that lasts all day long.
Joanne NeSmith, vendor chairman, said several new vendors will join traditional ones, bringing exciting things like a rock and gem booth, where handmade jewelry can be found; a holiday wreath vendor; an artist offering original prints; a raw honey producer; and a leatherworker.
The food always includes peanuts made every way imaginable — boiled, fried, roasted, in candies and in baked goods. Hotdogs, hamburgers, barbecue, pork skins, frozen drinks, funnel cakes and more will send tantalizing aromas over the breeze as visitors enjoy the day.
Live entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m. with the following performing throughout the day, according to the Brooklet Peanut festival website (ww.brookletpeanutfestival.com): Southeast Bulloch High School Band; Third Infantry Division Army Band; soloists Juliet Muldrew, Danny Carter, Alaina Bond and Joel Baker; Force One Karate; the King’s Highway band; and the Heartland Express Cloggers.
Also performing are the Brotherhood Community Male Chorus, Brickhouse Live, Elvis impersonator Glen Walden, and singers Mark and Scott Cartwright.
A slow tractor race, where drivers of classic tractors see who can run the longest and reach the finish line without choking down, will be held at noon on Warnock Street. A kiddie pedal tractor race will precede the slow tractor race.
The family-oriented festival will end with a street dance at 7 p.m. with music by Lynn Avenue and Even Pete.
The festival is held by the Brooklet Downtown Community Development Association. The event was formerly held in August, but due to the heat, the festival was moved to September this year, said Chairman Randy Newman.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.