DUBLIN — The Dublin Peanut Festival Committee is pulling out all the stops for its silver anniversary celebration this year.
Known as the Peanut Capital of the South, Dublin, on Saturday, will host the 25th annual Peanut Festival, an event that pays tribute to the town’s most popular export.
The day’s festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. with Bladen County Commission Chairman Charles Ray Peterson serving as the grand marshal of the parade. Kings and queens, elected officials, civic groups, local businesses, clowns, dance troupes, marching bands, churches, emergency vehicles, antique cars and trucks, and various other floats will start at the old Carroll Transfer building on the Elizabethtown side of N.C. 87. Paraders will make their way down the highway and turn left on N.C. 410, ending at IGA.
All day, live entertainment will be provided, starting off with Too Much Sylvia. Consistently rated as one of the Top 10 Bands in The Carolinas, the four-member band plays everything from Motown and rock and roll to beach, country, and disco. Its extensive song list includes tunes from current groups like Lady Antebellum and Maroon 5, as well as classics from Journey, the BeeGees, the Four Tops, and the Temptations. Toby Keith, Bon Jovi, the Spin Doctors, and Barry White, as well as some original music will keep dancers on their toes.
Following Too Much Sylvia will be The Tonez, an eight-piece band dedicated to totally live music that keeps listeners dancing. The two-time Cammy-nominated group features a high-powered horn section and seven vocalists performing oldies, Motown, rock and roll, country, funk, R&B, and beach music. Its song list includes music by The Drifters, the O’Jays, Prince, and Bruno Mars, as well as tunes by Darius Rucker, Alabama, Journey, and the Doobie Brothers.
“We’re very proud of our entertainment lineup this year,” commented Bobbie Todd, event coordinator.
Each year, the students at Dublin Elementary School hold a T-shirt design contest, with the winner being chosen by the Peanut Festival Committee and the T-shirts sold at the festival.
“This year’s winner has been chosen, and the shirts will surely go fast,” said Todd.
The shirts are $10 each and are on sale in advance at Houston’s Peanuts in Dublin and at Dublin Elementary.
On site will be a Classic Cruisers Car Show, craft vendors, kiddie and women’s tractor pull, a peanut recipe cook-off, mechanical rides, and games. New rides have been added for the silver anniversary celebration, joining the kiddie rides, inflatables, and larger rides for older children or adults.
Food will be in abundance as well. The committee has added steak and chicken fajitas to its own offerings of hot dogs and sausage dogs, a BBQ lunch and plate sale, and peanuts — lots of peanuts. Boiled hot, boiled cold, salted in the shell, and roasted are just some of the offerings the group is shelling out. Numerous other food vendors will be on site as well.
This year’s peanut recipe cook-off will consist of first, second, and third place winners in each of three divisions: candy, bread, and dessert. Set-up is in the school cafeteria, and judging will begin at 11:30 a.m.
“Each year our festival gets bigger and better,” Todd remarked. “There’s nothing like seeing old friends and making new ones, so come on out and enjoy a day full of fun.”
For additional information, including a schedule of events, vendor information, and cook-off rules, visit dublinpeanutfestival.com.
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing email@example.com.