Crowds flock to Brooklet for Peanut Festival

By Dal Cannady - bio | email

BROOKLET, GA (WTOC) - The nuttier the better on this Saturday in Brooklet during the 21st annual Peanut Festival. Thousands turned out to start the day with the festival parade, which was seen live on WTOC.

"It feels like it may be the biggest crowd ever. The parade was packed from highway 80 to the middle of town," said city council member and festival chairman Randy Newman.

From there they headed to the arts and crafts, entertainment and food. Visitorscan get just about anything to eat or drink here, but what people want most of all,besides something cold to drink, are the boiled peanuts.

They sold more than 100 bushels of peanuts, mostly boiled. Joe Boddiford of the Georgia Peanut Commission said many people are rediscovering peanuts.

"There's many healthy, nutritional, benefits to peanuts and peanut butter, particularly in the times we're in now," he said.

The festival pays tribute to Bulloch County's agriculture roots. Collectors race antique tractors to see who can go the slowest without stalling.

"Some people like the old cars, we like the old tractors and we were raised up on tractors," said longtime racer Dock Baker.

Like the tractors, folks here slow down for a day and remember a simpler rural life.

"It's like a huge family reunion. Once a year everybody comes to Brooklet," Newman added.

The festival was started by a women's club that wanted to purchase Christmas decorations for downtown Brooklet.

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