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Roadtreking: National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Ala.

From the bloggers at Roadtreking.

I know, it was just a month or so ago when we wrote about the Plains, Ga., Peanut Festival. But Jennifer and I have a rule: When we pass by a small town festival, we stop. And so it was as we came upon the signs and the crowded parking lots of the National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Ala.

True, this one didn’t have a former President as the town’s chief booster. But the southeast corner of Alabama in a region called the Wiregrass area constitutes the “Peanut Capital of the World.” Boosters note that the majority of all the peanuts grown in the United States are grown within a 100 mile radius of Dothan.

Besides, back at the very first National Peanut Festival held here in 1938, the guest speaker was Dr. George Washington Carver, a modest, unassuming man from the Tuskegee Institute who gained international fame with his development of over 300 products from the peanut. His statue is right outside the main gate to the 200 acre fairgrounds that holds the festival.

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