DUBLIN — The common peanut will be the star of the day when the 21st annual Dublin Peanut Festival is held Saturday in Dublin.
“This is sure to be one of our best festivals yet,” said Bobbie Todd, one of the event’s organizers. “We our 21 years strong and so proud of what we have accomplished. We are all about our local schools and our community.
“Our committee looks forward to seeing each and everyone 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.”
Todd added that no pets of any kind are allowed, but service animals will be permitted. Also, no food or craft vendors will be allowed along the parade route, said Todd.
The festivities will start off with a parade through the town at 10 a.m. The grand marshal for this year’s parade is David Hursey II.
According to Todd, parade entries will begin to line up for the parade about 8:30 a.m. The parade will begin at the former Carroll’s Trucking, travel along Hwy. 87 and disembark at the Dublin IGA. There is no cost to enter the parade except for pageant kings and queens, said Todd. For information on the parade or fees, go to the website at www.dublinpeanutfestival.com.
There will also be plenty of live entertainment — with live performances by Mojo Soul featuring Hayley Hall, Leap of Faith Gospel Quartet and South of Sanity — food and craft vendors, and the Classic Cruisers Car Club will have a car show on the grounds of the Dublin Elementary School. Registration for the car show will take place from 8 a.m. until noon. Car show judging will take place at 1 p.m. and trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m.
“A new entry this year is the Bell & Bell Vintage Modified Racing Series Cars, along with the Palms’ Legendary Series Vintage Late Model Racing Cars. They will be located outside the fence behind the school for judging and spectators,” said Todd.
She added the racing cars will also race on Saturday night at Dublin Motor Speedway.
Following the parade there will be a barbecue plate sale at 11 a.m. in the school cafeteria along with a cake sale and opening ceremonies will take place at the stage.
Following the opening ceremonies, the winners of the T-shirt contest and scholarship will be announced. The winner of the T-shirt contest was Paulina Vasquez-Aguilar.
Also scheduled is a corn hole tournament and food available for purchase. Todd said there will also be many rides and games as well.
There will also be Five Thrill Seeker Mechanical Rides, Huge Bounce Houses — some are two stories high — Outside Fair Games: the balloon/dart throw, basketball shoot, duck pond and show your strength with the high striker, our own secret Recipe Hot Dogs Sausage Dogs and Steak and Chicken Fajitas.
There will also be a Kiddie and Women’s Tractor Pull at 1 p.m. for ages 3 and up and the corn hole tournament will also begin at 1 p.m. The “Favorite Peanut Recipe Contest” winners will also be announced at this time.
The rides include a big Ferris Wheel, Tempest, Musical Chair Swings Turbo Tubs and Pirates Revenge.
Todd added that Cape Fear Valley Medical Center will be holding a blood drive during the festival. To sign up to visit go to www.savingliveslocally.org and search by Sponsor Code: M707, said Todd.
At about 4 p.m. the car show awards will be announced and the festival will wrap up.