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Chamber to host 7th Annual Peanut Boil Festival

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This Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Friendliest City will once again play host to the 7th Annual Peanut Boil Festival, sponsored by the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce at E.L. Turner Park.

“The Chamber is excited to host the 7th Annual Peanut Boil Festival at Turner Park Saturday,” Chamber President Don Nix said.

“The list of vendors continues to grow.  Doll clothes, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, Amish cheese, custom knives, swings, stained glass and youth and adult clothing are just a sampling of the items available.”

For the first five years of the festival, the event was held on the Saturday falling on Labor Day weekend.

Last year, it was moved to the last Saturday of the month to escape the heat, according to Nix.

Nix stated that the purpose of starting the festival was to bring attention to Crenshaw County as well as the Chamber Belles and Beaus program, which was started the same year as the festival.

All net proceeds from the festival go the Chamber scholarship fund, which is presented to deserving Chamber Belles and Beaus.

The festival will also include the chance for those in attendance to participate in the Miss Peanut Boil Festival pageant, an antique and muscle car show hosted by the McGough family, food vendors of all types, arts and crafts booths, games and live music entertainment.

Currently, there are more than 50 exhibitors signed up to participate.

Musical and dance entertainment will be provided by Shebang of Troy, Echo Man, the American Legion Dancers, Rachel Hartzog Gospel Music and cheer and dance teams from all county schools.

The evening’s headliner will be none other than Ryan Waters and his band. Waters is among eight finalists in the Nash Next 2016 competition, which aims at finding America’s newest country star.

“The locals and area residents from seven to 10 county areas have supported this event in the past and we are counting on them to come visit this Saturday,” Nix said.

“Roasted corn, shaved ice, Boston butts and ice cream are some of the tasty treats our caterers will have to serve, freshly cooked on the spot. And yes.  Yes, we will have boiled peanuts.  If you’ve eaten all of your Shriner peanuts, come try ours.”