Peanut Festival goes nuts

By: W. Curt Vincent -

DUBLIN — Clear skies, warm temperatures and a long list of things to see and do was Saturday’s successful recipe for the 23rd annual Dublin Peanut Festival.

With one of the event’s largest crowds converging on Dublin Primary School along Hwy. 87, vendors were kept busy throughout the grounds.

“I’m real happy with the number of vendors, as well as with how this whole festival has come together,” said Bobbi Todd, one of the event’s organizers. “This is just a terrific day here in Dublin.”

Todd said there were a total of 86 vendors this year, which included 16 food vendors and 70 craft and other vendors set up on the school campus.

While all of the vendors were kept busy — especially the food vendors — a huge throng of people also stuffed itself under the large tent in front of the entertainment stage for the lineup of music. That lineup included The Mighty Echoes, Black Water Rhythm & Blues, and Band of Oz.

“We had an awesome lineup of music entertainment,” Todd said. “We’re so happy to have all of them here together.”

The official start of the festival came with the hour-long parade along Hwy. 87, which featured plenty of candy being tossed to the children along the roadside as we as the West Bladen High band, Dublin Peanut Festival royalty, dirt-track cars, fire trucks, dignitaries and more.

Leading the way as the parade’s grand marshals were State Highway Patrol Trooper Andrew Pait and Bladen County sheriff’s deputy R.J. Bailey.

Although there was plenty of activity outside the school, there was also a crowd inside the school enjoying the annual barbecue plate lunch — as well as taking a break from the heat.

“This is definitely one of the better festival’s in the area,” said Shannon Johnson of Gray’s Creek. “We haven’t missed one of these in about 15 years now. It’s just real family friendly.”

The day-long event had several bounce-houses and rides for the children scattered behind the school.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.
Big crowd enjoys 23rd annual event

W. Curt Vincent