Nutter Butter Parade highlights Peanut Butter Festival

Published 3:00 am Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Peanut Butter Festival will celebrate 28 years, or there about, on the last Saturday in October in downtown Brundidge. This year, the harvest and heritage celebration will also celebrate Alabama’s bicentennial year with a throwback to the festival’s good ol’ days.

Lawrence Bowden, president of the sponsoring Brundidge Historical Society, said the festival will bring back many of the highlight events of past festivals as well as several events and activities that focus on Alabama’s storied history.

“The Nutter Butter Parade is always a big attraction at the Peanut Butter Festival,” Bowden said. “The parade is a fun, anything goes, parade and it will be again this year. And, the parade will also focus on the role that Pike County has played in Alabama’s history.”

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Bowden said Pike County is made up of towns and communities of different sizes.

“Each one of these communities has played a vital role in the growth and development of our county,” he said. “As we celebrate Alabama 200, we are inviting and encouraging all towns and communities to participate in the Nutter Butter Parade with an entry that showcases the character of the community or some historical event or person associated with it.”

Rightly or wrongly so, the Josie community has long been associated with the moonshine industry. Hank Williams and Audrey Sheppard met at Banks; Brundidge was the county’s Little Wall Street and Hamilton Crossroads staked its claim to fame of the E-Z Mow.

Each town and each community has something or someone it can hang its hat on, Bowden said.
“We hope all of the communities will share their history and heritage with an entry in the parade,” Bowden said. “In doing so, we will learn more about the role Pike County played in Alabama history.”

Bowden said all kinds of entries are encouraged. Word is that ag queens, including Miss Josie Moonshine, Miss Goober Cocktail and Miss Sweet Tater will return to represent the agricultural community. Others are expected including Miss Patty Sausage.

Bowden said the parade is just one of the many activities and events planned.

“As always, we’ll have non-stop entertainment, demonstrations, games and contests, arts, crafts, a 5K Peanut Butter Run, the construction of Alabama’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich, just more fun than you can shake a stick at.”

Bowden said everyone is invited to be a part of the 2019 Peanut Butter Festival parade that will step off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October26 in downtown Brundidge and all of the day’s activities.