Festival celebrates heritage

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 29, 2003

The annual Peanut Butter Festival in Brundidge is a harvest and heritage celebration that brings back the best of "the good ol' days."

The Festival is traditionally held on the last Saturday in October. This will be the 13th year for the festival, which attracts more than 5,000 people to downtown Brundidge annually.

Peanut Butter Festival weeks begins on the third Sunday of October with the Canine Joe Contest. The K9 show pays tribute to Joe Leverett, the town's pistol-packing, pipe-puffing pooch that served as assistant police chief during the heyday of the peanut butter mills in Brundidge. On Wednesday night,

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an old-fashioned brush arbor singing brings the community together to sing those favorite, traditional hymns everyone knows and loves.

Peanut Festival Day gets under way when the rooster crows, with the 5-K Peanut Butter Run and Grandma's Smokehouse Breakfast.

The day is filled with non-stop entertainment on the grounds of the historic Bass House. There are folk-life demonstrations, arts, crafts, exhibits, old-time games and contests, a barnyard, the Peanut Butter Recipe contest, the Peanut Butter Kids contest and the construction of Alabama's Largest PB&J sandwich and more good things to eat that you can shake a stick at.

At 1 p.m. the Nutter Butter Parade marches down Main Street and features some of the biggest nuts around. If there's a parade that's more fun, the folks in Brundidge don't know about it.

There is no admission charge to the Peanut Butter Festival and the invitation is open for everyone to come back to the way it used to be at the Peanut Butter Festival in Brundidge.