A Pike County town is preparing for one of the biggest weekends of its year. The annual Peanut Butter Festival, which draws thousands to Brundidge each year, will kick off on Saturday.
The festival features peanut butter tastings, recipe competitions, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and the Nutter Butter Parade. The festival begins at 8 A.M. Saturday with a 5-K run through downtown. Lawrence Bowden, President of the Brundidge Historical Society, which sponsors the festival, says he expects record turnout for the race this year, which could turn into a record-breaking attendance for the entire day
It's the twenty-first year for the festival, which celebrates Brundidge's history as one of the first American towns to make commercial peanut butter. "It furnished a lot of jobs for this area, so we still have people that made their living working at the peanut butter mill, and of course the town smelled like roasted peanuts in the process of doing that, so it's a nostalgic thing," said Bowden.
All events are free and open to the public.