National Peanut Festival kicks off its 74th year on Friday

Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon for the 74th annual National Peanut Festival followed by a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. officially kicking the week off.

The cheerleading competition, a karate tournament, costume contest, and Corey Smith's concert are happening Saturday, Nov. 4.

Kindergarten day followed by the calf scramble and greased pig contest that night will take place Monday, Nov. 6.

Wednesday, Nov. 8 celebrates Special Citizens, as they will have the park open to them beginning at 8 a.m.

That day is also the Dream Big Food Drive, and by bringing three cans of food or one jar of peanut butter, you can receive $2 off admission price and $5 off an armband.

Those donations benefit the Wiregrass Area Food Bank.

Thursday, Nov. 9 is Senior Citizens' Day, when gates open at 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for our area's senior citizens to enjoy the day out there at the fairgrounds.

Saturday, Nov. 11 is the parade downtown beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Demolition Derby and gates opening at noon.

Organizers encourage everyone to wear patriotic clothing and bring American flags to the parade in honor of Veterans Day.

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