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70th Anniversary of the National Peanut Festival

The National Peanut Festival is officially open for its 70th year
The National Peanut Festival is officially open for its 70th year. The festival dates back to the late 30s. It was a time of celebration, cotton farmers who had lost their crops due to the Boll Weevil found an even better alternative in the planting the peanut. In 1938, the first Peanut Festival was held and George Washington Carver, the man famous for his use of peanuts, spoke to the crowd.

"I heard that he spoke on the back of a trailer. A flat bed trailer. And then it progressed then they started having exhibits then the parade then the pageants," said Pat Cook, president of the Peanut Festival in 1994.

In 1999 the fair officially moved to the new grounds. Once a volunteer in horse stables, Farrie Murphy has been working at the festival for almost 40 years and was president in 1999 and 2000. She says since then a lot has changed, especially the use of technology but some things may never change.

"I think the main attraction was the greased pig and calf scramble and E still think that's one of the main attractions but believe it or not the demolition derby. People really like that one," said Murphy.

So whether wrestling with pigs, fried ores or winning a big stuffed animal is the highlight of the fair, one thing is for sure-- the future of the national peanut festival is bright.
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