National Peanut Festival

Each year, thousands of visitors flock to Dothan, Alabama to take part in the National Peanut Festival – the USA’s largest peanut-themed celebration. This extravagant festival, which honors the contributions of local peanut farmers, as well as the history of the peanut industry in Wiregrass Country, spans a total of ten days each November and includes a vast range of events and attractions that draw fairgoers of all ages.

Concerts, Performances and More at the National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Alabama

The attractions at Dothan’s National Peanut Festival have come a long way from the event’s humble origins on a freezing day in 1938 when Dr. George Washington Carver gave a speech that kicked off the first celebration. Today, there’s no shortage of fun to be had at Dothan’s National Peanut Festival, especially if you’re seeking a day packed full of engaging performances. Typically, each year brings a number of renowned musical artists to the fairgrounds amphitheater, with recent festivals hosting nationally known performers.

Plus, there’s a wide variety of smaller-scale performances that are equally exciting. In recent years, National Peanut Festival attendees have been enticed by chainsaw artists, comedy acts, local musicians and more, each providing family-friendly entertainment throughout the festival. Other annual events include cheerleading competitions, livestock shows and a parade that’s been a Dothan tradition for more than 70 years.

There’s something for every member of the family at Dothan’s National Peanut Festival, so visitors may want to attend on multiple days to ensure they see it all. Other attractions that regularly appear at the festival include:

  • Costume contests
  • Various premium exhibit contests
  • Demolition derbies
  • Petting zoo
  • Pageants
  • And much more…

Schedule Your Trip to Dothan, Alabama

There’s never been a celebration quite like the National Peanut Festival. To experience this long-established Southern tradition for yourself, book your stay at a Dothan hotel, and head to the National Peanut Festival’s official website for the latest information on this year’s schedule. When you’re in town, don’t forget to enjoy Dothan’s wide selection of local restaurants, and keep an eye out for other events that can help make your stay one to remember.

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