November 10, 1938
The first National Peanut Festival was held in Dothan, featuring special guest George Washington Carver. The three-day festival included a pageant, a parade, a historical play, and a grand ball. Held annually each fall, the festival celebrates the harvest season and the region’s peanut industry, which grows more than 65 percent of the nation’s peanuts. Today, the event is the largest peanut festival in the nation, attracting more than 165,000 guests annually over a ten-day period. The festival includes carnival rides, livestock shows, agricultural displays, live music, pageants, and competitions—including sewing, cake decorating, photography, and who has grown the largest peanut.