Peanut Festival volunteers honored for service just weeks before the first day

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The National Peanut Festival starts Friday, November 5th — and will continue through Sunday the 14th.

After the event had to be canceled last year due to covid, people in charge are looking forward to a big turnout this year.

“I think around 213,000 is what we have had max, and I told someone tonight we are looking for around 250,000,” National Peanut Festival President Joe Snell said.

With around 400 people volunteering their time, there’s a lot of work and a lot of hours put in to make sure this event can go off without a hitch.

Each year, these volunteers are celebrated at a “pre-kickoff” of the festival.

“We have over 400 volunteers,” said Snell. “We always feed them, and we have cash prizes and we just have a fun time to celebrate them for what they do for us.”

Snell wants to leave everyone thinking about attending the peanut festival with this message.

“I would like for people to be sure to get their shots if they haven’t had them,” said Snell. “If you are a sick younger or older person with health problems, please don’t come. Send someone to get you a corndog or an ear of corn. We want to have things safe and secure for people.”

If you do attend, there will be plenty in place for safety, due to the national peanut festival’s “COVID Committee” last year.

“We had planned everything, we had gotten all of the supplies,” said Snell. “To fog rooms and spray everything. There are hand stations at every ride and we practice safe distancing so we want to do things right.”

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