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Brooklet readies for 2016 Peanut Festival

And it's gonna be nuts


August 18, 2016

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    For 26 years, the Bulloch County town of Brooklet has celebrated its rich agricultural heritage by recognizing, promoting and glorifying the peanut at the annual Brooklet Peanut Festival. On Saturday, the fun returns to town for a 27th year.
     There will be boiled peanuts, of course, but also parched, roasted, fried and toasted. Peanuts are in pies, cakes, candies and even stand alone as thousands flock to the small south Georgia town as they do each year for the festival.
    It starts with a 5K run and a parade and then a day filled with activities, contests, crafts vendors, food and free entertainment.
    The festival will offer frozen drinks, funnel cakes, barbecue and plenty of peanuts, said event chairman Randy Newman. It may be hot, but a cooled shelter where local bands and performers entertain offer a place to chill, and vendor booths offer everything under the sun.
    Since 1990, the town has celebrated its rich agricultural heritage by holding the festival in honor of one of its greatest crops, peanuts, which are usually harvested in the fall. It is hosted each year by the Brooklet Community Development Association, which is comprised entirely of volunteers.
   It begins with the Peanut Run at 7 a.m., followed by a parade at 10 a.m. with local dignitaries, beauty queens, classic cars and antique tractors and floats of all kinds, Newman said. This year’s grand marshal is Joyce McKelveen.
    The festival grounds in the heart of Brooklet open at 10 a.m., and that’s where the food will be found, along with entertainment and vendor booths. Tractor races — a Slow Tractor Race for adults and a Kiddie Pedal Tractor Race for the small ones — start at noon in the festival area on Warnock Street. The kids’ races — which have age divisions — start first and are followed by the Slow Tractor Race.

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

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