Peanut Butter time

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 3, 2009

People from all across South Alabama showed up to Brundidge’s Peanut Butter Festival Saturday, despite early morning showers.

Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said he thought the turnout was good considering the weather.

“It was flooding this morning,” Ramage said. “And the weather people said all week it was going to rain all weekend.”

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Brundidge Historical Society President Lawrence Bowden agreed.

“This morning it looked doubtful, but after it got into the morning the crowd started to pick up,” Bowden said. “Since about 9:30 we’ve had a good crowd.”

Bowden said there was a lot of arts and crafts and food vendors.

Of course, there were the usual vendors, but there were also some new faces in town.

Alice Golden, who has a side business selling and making shirts, pillows, ornaments and frames said this was her first time at the festival.

“It’s been great except it’s been cold,” Golden said. “I’m really pleased. It’s my first time here.”

Golden said she thought it’d be fun since it’s usually a big thing.

Second-year vendor David Withrow said business was slow.

“I haven’t done much business today. It’s been a slow day, nothing like last year,” Withrow said.

Withrow makes and sells woodwork made from mostly cedar.

The Pike County Cattlewomen were feeding the crowd, selling hamburgers and beef hot dogs.

Pike County Cattleman James O. Johnson said he and Wayne Davis and Mike Wilson had been cooking for the Cattlewomen all morning and that the organization donated the beef for the booth.

“We donate the meat and buns,” Johnson said.

All the proceeds went to Relay for Life.

Cattlewomen President Betty Hixon said the organization had sold out of all of the hamburgers by 2 p.m. and only had a few hot dogs left.

Ramage said despite the weather everyone seemed to have a good time.