2021 National Peanut Festival to proceed as normal

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The National Peanut Festival Association is looking to rebound this year after missing on the fun last year due to COVID-19. National Peanut Festival President Joe Snell says it was disappointing.

“We didn’t have a peanut festival last year because of COVID so we’re looking to have the biggest and best this year. We had over 200,000 people attend and I’m hoping we have at least 250,000 this year,” Snell said.

Two months ago, the association announced the festival will be in full swing. But now, COVID-19 cases are ramping back up along with facing different variants. At the moment, there are no COVID-19 precautions in place.

“We’re going to go by whatever the CDC tells us to do we want everybody to be safe it don’t matter what we have to do we’re gonna do it. We got plenty of money spent on all the chemicals we can put out and it’s safer to people and we just gonna play it by ear,” Joe Snell said.

Snell says there will be some new rides at this year’s festival and shows will still be taking place. And if you’re going for the food, you won’t be disappointed.

“You know we’re going to have the corndog man, we’ll have ear of corn, elephant ears, pork chops and of course the kettle corn people they come from Wisconsin they are super nice people,” Snell said.

Snell said get your vaccine so you don’t spoil the fun for others and if you’re sick or have a fear of getting sick stay home. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and defend yourself.

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