DUBLIN — For one day, the population of the town of Dublin grew almost 10-fold on Saturday for the 21st annual Dublin Peanut Festival.
While the skies threatened rain early, that didn’t dampen spirits of those who gathered for the parade and activities. Bobbie Todd, one of the festival’s many organizers, said the crowd was estimated to be more than 3,000.
“It was as large as last year, if not a little larger,” said Donnie Todd, festival chairman. “Everyone seemed to be having a great time. Plenty of good food, crafts, entertainment, and a lot of things to see and do is the recipe for a great festival. We couldn’t do it without our volunteers who come out to help us each year. Our local businessess who give their products and monetary donations is what keeps us going. We want to say thank-you to each and everyone of them.”
Dublin Mayor and Festival Co-Chairman Horace Wyatt echoed Todd’s thoughts.
“We could not have asked for a better day,” said Wyatt. “The weather was perfect and attendance gets a little larger each year. We thank everyone for coming out and supporting us. It was a good day and we’re looking forward to seeing you next year.”
Bobbie Todd said there about 70 craft vendors who sold all manner of wares — and some festival-goers were even doing some early Christmas shopping.
There was no shortage of food, either.
“Some of the best food vendors in the state were in Dublin on Saturday. There was no lack for good food and they have already reserved their spots for next year,” said Bobbie Todd.
Of course there were all manner of peanut products available for purchase.
“There were hot boiled peanuts on site, cold boiled peanuts, salted in the shell, green and roasted peanuts,” said Bobbie Todd, who added that the peanuts completely sold out.
There were also contests and games galore. Winners included:
— Best of Show 1962 Chevy Impala;
— Best Original 1957 Ford Fairlane;
— Best GM 1965 Chevelle SS;
— Best Ford 1931 Model A Sedan;
— Best Mopar 1972 Dodge Dart Demon;
— Best Other 1923 T-Bucket and
— Principal’s Choice 1930 Ford Woody Station Wagon.
Corn hole tournament
— First place, Hughlon McDaniel and Hanna Dowless;
— Second place, T.J. Stanley and Mike Guyton;
— Third place, Singletary Farms, Jack and Jeremy Singletary.
— Youth: 3-year-old Trace Maxwell, 4-year-old Ethan Metz, 5-year-old Brylan Kinlaw, 6-year-old Ryan Dove, 7-year-old Keira Savage, 8-year-old Kaitlyn Brisson, and 9-year-old Jordan Bryan
— Ladies division: Katie Hyatt.
— Youth Candy Division: first place went to Ashley Earl, second place Deautise Mitchell, and third place was Jacie Kinlaw.
— Youth Bread Division: first place was awarded to Ashley Earl and second place was Layne Ross.
— Youth Dessert Division: first place went to Jacie Kinlaw, second place to Skylar Hales, and third place to Autumn Brisson.
— Adult Candy Division: first place went to Grace Ross, second place was awarded to Peggy Riggins, and third place was Sharon Parrish.
— Adult Bread Division: first place was awarded to Karen Cecil and second place was Grace Ross.
— Adult Dessert Division: first place was awarded to Peggy Riggins, second place to Sharon Parrish, and third place was awarded to Karen Cecil.
“It was a good day for the community to sit back, relax and enjoy seeing old friends. The festival has even become an annual celebration for families to get together and catch up,” said Bobbie Todd. “The festival committee would like to thank everyone who gave something to make our festival a great success again. If the Good Lord wills it, we’re looking forward to seeing all of you next year on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.”