It’s salty, plain, roasted, green and boiled. It’s always the star of the show, better known as Bladen County’s finest peanuts.
Bladen celebrates thepeanut the third Saturday of September each year. This years’ date is Sept. 20. The Festival is held in Dublin, also known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts, whose peanuts are shipped worldwide.
The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade. Entry for parade is free except queens and kings. Fees not paid by Sept. 17 can be paid the day of the parade, but cost will be higher.
The Classic Cruisers Car Show, some of North Carolina’s best food vendors, craft vendors, a barbecue lunch and plate sale, kiddie and women’s tractor pull, a corn hole tournament, home-baked cake sale, mechanical rides, games, secret recipe ht dogs, sausage dogs nd steak and chicken fajitas.
Back by poplar demand will be the sale of hot boiled peanuts on site along withcold boiled, salted in the shell and green ones.
The Cornhole Tournament will be giving $500 added money this year along with half of the entry fees as payout. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Secure your teams spot early.
This year’s Peanut Cooking Contest will consist of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in three divisions — Candy, Bread and Dessert. Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. so bring you prize winning food entry early.
The Nationwide Nascar Show Car will be joining the festivities this year along with the Nationwide Nascar Simulator that will be looking for a driver. They will be having drawings for giveaways the entire day.
The entertainment line-up this year leads off with the New Believers, followed by The Band of Oz, and rounding out the show is a Bladen County favorite BlackWater Rhythm and Blues Band. Put on your dancing shoes and come on out and enjoy these fantastic bands.
Each year the festival gets bigger and better, organizers said. We are 22 years strong and we are so proud of what we have accomplished. We are all about our local schools and our community. Please visit our website at www.dublinpeanutfestival.com and read “About Us”. Our committee looks forward to seeing each and every one of you have a great memorable day. There’s nothing like seeing old friends and making new ones. So come on out and enjoy a day full of fun. It wouldn’t be the same without you!
As for our deep commitment to our local schools and communities, none of this would be possible without our sponsors. From the smallest amount, to the largest contribution every dollar donated helps toward one of our many projects. To become one of our sponsors, you may contact Bobbie Todd at 910-876-4884, according to organizers.
For the safety of all of our festival goers, no pets of any kind are allowed, except Service Animals. Also no food or craft vendors will be allowed to sell their food or wares along the parade route.
Should you need any info about any of our contest please visit the website www.dublinpeanutfestival.com.