A new pavilion, cooler shelter and lots of food, fun and free entertainment will greet thousands Saturday at the 23rd Annual Brooklet Peanut Festival.
Of course, peanuts will be the main attraction and will be available boiled, roasted, fried, raw and in a variety of baked goods and foods.
A 5K run and a parade will kick off the day. Toby Davis, who helped organize the Peanut Run, said the event is in its 12th year and benefits the Southeast Bulloch High School cross country and track teams.
“The run has grown from 99 participants to 503 last year,” he said. “We expect 500 this year.”
The 5K run (3.1 miles) is on a certified course and begins at 7 a.m.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will meander through downtown Brooklet. Floats will reflect the theme “Brooklet’s Path to Progress,” and a rock, dedicated to Dot Roebuck — one of the founders of the festival — will be featured in the parade before being established downtown as a memorial, event organizer Ellen Perkins said.
When the city of Brooklet purchased the property where the festival has been held for many years, improvements were made.
“We have a new shelter over the (concrete) slab where the entertainment is held,” Perkins said. “We have a new fan over the top, and a new brick stage. We’re so excited!”
Starting at 11:30 a.m., there will be free entertainment all day long, featuring the Southeast Bulloch High School band, 3rd Infantry Division band, State Prison Cloggers, Home Grown, Piney Grove Male Chorus, Brotherhood Community Male Chorus and soloists Chyann Hoyle, Jasmyn Smith, Trea Landon, Emma Bacon, Joel Baker and Cathy Rushing.
A street dance begins at 7 p.m. and features Randy “Hat Man” Smith and The Magic Rocks Band.
A slow tractor race, in which drivers see how slow they can chug along without choking down, begins immediately after a Kiddie Pedal Tractor Race at noon.
The festival will feature kids’ attractions, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and more.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.