Chamber puts final touches on first Peanut Boil Festival

Published 10:43 am Thursday, September 2, 2010

September is here, and so is the inaugural Peanut Boil Festival.

The event, which is being held by the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce, kicks off Saturday in conjunction with the Shriners’ World’s Largest Peanut Boil.

“We’ve really had an overwhelming response for the festival,” said Chamber president Martha Dickey. “We’ve even had people calling this week asking how they can get booths. It’s been very good.”

Vendors, both local and statewide, will be on hand selling their wares, including clothing, candles, flowers, wood crafts, furniture, paintings, porch swings and chairs, t-shirts, leather goods, quilts, baskets, bird houses, jewelry and much more.

“We’ve got almost 50 vendors lined up, and that’s not including the children’s activities,” Dickey said.

For the kids, there will be a train, swing, sand art, face painting, slide and moonwalk.

In addition to the numerous arts and crafts, there are a number of other activities taking place, including a Fun Run and a beauty pageant.

The 5k Fun Run/Walk will kick off at the Tom Harbin Ag Center on Airport Road at 7:30 a.m.

The Festival begins at 9 a.m. with the announcement of the run winners, and that’s also when pre-registration for the beauty pageant begins.

The beauty pageant features categories from birth to 15 years, in addition to a Peanut King category for boys up to 24 months.

“We’ve also got a number of local bands lined up to play throughout the day, and local cheerleaders will also be performing,” Dickey said.

The festival will be held beside the World’s Largest Peanut Boil at the intersection of highways 10 and 331 in Luverne.

There is a $2 admission fee to the festival, but children under 7 are admitted free.

For more information, visit www.peanutboilfestival.com.