Peanut Butter Festival set for Oct. 25 in Brundidge

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 29, 2003

When the peanut dust begins to fly, that's a sure sign that it's Peanut Butter Festival time.

The Brundidge Historical Society and the Brundidge Business Association (BBA) have combined their efforts to make this year's Festival the biggest and best ever.

This is the 13th year for the Festival, which draws thousands of people to Brundidge each year.

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The BBA came on board this year and Lamar Steed, BBA president, said, hopefully, the addition of manpower, resources and new ideas can help take the Peanut Butter Festival to an even higher level of success.

A committee of representatives from both the historical society and the business association met Tuesday and got the ball rolling for the October 25 Peanut Butter Festival.

The BBA has will head the committees for the arts and crafts show and the Nutter Butter Parade and those were the main topics of discussion.

For more than 20 years, Jimmy Hollis co-chaired the BBA annual arts and crafts show and he will head the committee for the Festival show.

Hollis said booth rentals for both arts and crafts and food will be

$25. The spaces will be 10×15 feet. There will be an additional charge of $5 for electricity.

Commercial food vendors that need special electrical hookups will be charged an extra fee, Hollis said.

"We hope to have a large number of arts and crafts and food vendors and a big variety," Hollis said. "The Peanut Butter Festival always attracts a big crowd, so the vendors should have a good day."

Booths will be reserved on a first-come basis, so Hollis said it will be beneficial for vendors to call early. The number to call to reserve a booth is 735-2712,

Rue Botts is the chairperson of the parade committee and she, too, is encouraging people to begin thinking early about the Nutter Butter Parade.

If you have two legs and a little imagination, there's a place for you in the Nutter Butter Parade, Botts said.

"We invite everyone to be a part of this fun parade," she said. "The more people the merrier."

Although it's not necessary to call now to get in the line-up, it is important to mark your calendar and make your plans, Botts said.

In the past, people have ridden down Main Street on a hospital bed wearing their nightclothes, rolled tires and putted golf balls.

"Almost anything goes - anything fun," Botts said. "If you want to do something silly or something wild and crazy this is the place."

Botts said the parade also features antique farm vehicles, classic cars, wagons, horses, dogs, goats, fire trucks, clowns, bands. "Anything that's fun."

The Nutter Butter Parade will come marching down Main Street in Brundidge at 1 p.m. on Oct. 25. Lineup begins at noon at Fort Wendell K. Taylor National Guard Armory on Highway 231 in Brundidge. Walking units will fall in at a designated place on Main Street.

For more information about the parade or to register a unit, call 735-3125.