Peanut Boil Festival Saturday

Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 24, 2015

The 6th Annual Peanut Boil Festival is set for Saturday in Luverne and everyone is invited to the daylong event.

The Crenshaw County city has made a name for itself among connoisseurs of boiled goober peas with the annual World’s Largest Peanut Boil on Labor Day. The Peanut Boil Festival carries the tradition on into the peanut harvest season with the festival that honors the boiled peanut nut and provides fun for folks of all ages.

The Peanut Boil Festival has moved from its location near the Industrial Park to Turner Park on the Brantley Highway or Highway 331.

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Donny Nix, president of the sponsoring Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce, said the Peanut Boil Festival had outgrown its previous space and Turner Park provides the needed space and room for future growth.

The Peanut Boil Festival will get underway at 8 a.m. with arts and crafts and entertainment throughout the day.

Nix said the festival will feature 42 vendors with a large variety of arts and crafts and festival foods.

“We’ll have just about every kind of arts and crafts that you can imagine,” Nix said. “The vendors are coming from as close as right here in Crenshaw County and as far away as Orange Beach. In fact, the yard art artists from Orange Beach were the first to sign up for this year’s Peanut Boil Festival.”

The arts and crafts vendors will have lamps, wood frames and signs, birdhouses, glass art, gemstone and stainless jewelry, children’s clothing, pickles and sauces, honey and lots more for display and for sale.

Festival foods will include, of course, boiled peanuts, funnel cakes, French fries, ice cream, lemonade, hamburgers and chicken and pork cooked many ways.

The Peanut Boil Festival will have entertainment throughout the day on the festival stage and on the festival grounds.

Carol Staller, Chamber executive secretary, said the festival’s beauty pageant for ages infant through 12 years will be at 10 a.m.

“Those who would like to enter the pageant may call the Chamber office at 335-4468 or 268-2807 or register on site before 9:45 Saturday,” Staller said. “Stage entertainment will include the SheBANG! Cloggers from Troy, The E-Town Band from Enterprise, the Crenshaw County Cheerleaders and Dance team and the Randall Cauthen Band.”

The festival will also feature a car show and games for children and adults.

Staller said there will be inflatables for children, a Boll Weevil Choo-Choo train that looks and runs like a real train.

“We’ll have festival games like the fishing pond and the bean bag toss,” Staller said. “There will also be a bean bag toss tournament for adults so there will be plenty to do and a lot of fun to be had at the 6th Annual Peanut Boil Festival in Luverne on Saturday.”

The proceeds from the festival support the scholarship program for the Chamber’s Belles and Beaus, which is a service group of high school students who participate in Chamber activities and events.