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Brooklet Peanut Festival
Annual event to begin at 7 a.m. Saturday
PEANUT FESTIVAL photo
In this Herald file photo from the 2008 Brooklet Peanut Festival, hungry customers line up as Richard Greene of Blackshear helps serve up freshly boiled peanuts. The 2009 Brooklet Peanut Festival is set for Saturday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/Herald File
SCHEDULE OF ENTERTAINMENT

9:30 a.m. — (at the Gazebo in downtown  Brooklet) Southern Company:  A division of Southern Dance Academy.

11  a.m. —  Southeast Bulloch High School Band

Noon —  3rd Infantry Division Military Band

12:30 p.m. —  soloist Taylor Stanfield

1 p.m. — soloist Jarrett Fail

1:30 p.m. — Reaching Out Ministries

2 p.m. — Heartland Express Cloggers

2:30 p.m. —  Southern MC's - Shannon Harville (DJ)

3 p .m. — Brotherhood Community Male Chorus

3:30 p.m. —  Piney Grove Male Chorus

4 p.m. —  Southern Harmony Four

5 p.m. —  "The Mac" Reality Gospel

5:30 p.m. —  Southern MC's - Shannon Harville (DJ)

6 p.m. — soloist J. Allen Brown

7 p.m. — Street Dance featuring The Variations

10:30 p.m. — GOOD NIGHT!
    The Variations will be sure to draw a large crowd for the street dance at the 20th Annual Brooklet Peanut Festival,  but some may be too tired to tango after a day filled with activities. The festival is slated for Saturday, Aug. 15, from 7 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. in downtown Brooklet.
    People will be up and running early Saturday as the 5K Peanut Run gets underway at 7 a.m.
    After that, a parade through downtown Brooklet will display 10 entries, said organizer Randy Newman, member of the Brooklet Community Development Association, which, according to Internet Web site www.brookletpeanutfestival.com, " is a group of community-minded individuals that organize and put on the Annual Brooklet Peanut Festival as well as the Annual Brooklet Christmas Tree Lighting. "
    The grand marshals of the parade will be the "past and original members" of the  BCDA, he said. The parade will include a number of antique tractors, many of which will enter the "Slow Tractor Race" midday in Brooklet's downtown area. The object of the race is to see how slow the tractor can go without choking and stalling.
    A kiddie pedal tractor race will precede the slow tractor race, and will have age divisions.
    The festival traditionally draws a large crowd, with visitors arriving from all over the state. BCDA member Marlene     DeChristopher said there will be plenty of food vendors, offering shrimp, mini doughnuts, barbecue, pancakes, ice cream and lemonade, homemade soda pop, blooming onions, kettle corn, funnel cakes and  — of course — peanuts of any imaginable kind — boiled, roasted, Cajun flavored, fried and baked into delightful treats.
    Crafts vendors will have all sorts of items — live plants, sand candy, homemade sauces, dips and soup mixes; hand made solar lights, purses and accessories, clothing, jewelry and more, she said.
    The festival includes live entertainment all day long, as well as kiddie rides near the entertainment tent and vendor area.
    Entertainment begins at 9:30 and performances will be held at the gazebo downtown as well as the tent/dance floor/rest area at the festival site. Dance groups, bands, soloists, a deejay and church choirs will provide a variety of entertainment.
    At 7 p.m., the street dance begins as the Variations crank out some beach music. BCDA members remind  the public this is a family event. The day's events will conclude at 10:30 p.m.
    More information is available at Internet Web site www.brookletpeanutfestival.com.




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