By: Peyton Fuller, Guest Blogger for Visit Statesboro
The Brooklet Peanut Festival occurs every year on the third Saturday in August, falling on the 19th this year. The Brooklet Community Development Association organizes the annual festival which takes place in downtown Brooklet on Parker Avenue. This is a day-long event with a wide variety of activities for the entire family. The festival kicks-off early with a 7 a.m. start of the 5K Peanut Run. The cost of the race is $20 if paid by August 5th, $25 after August 5th, and $30 the day of the race. Runners can save time by signing up online at active.com, eventbrite.com, or raceroster.com.
After the race, the Peanut Festival Parade begins at 10:00 a.m., making its way through beautiful downtown Brooklet. The parade will be broadcast live on Savannah’s WTOC Cable Channel 11 for anyone who cannot attend but still wants to watch the fun and enjoy the lively commentary! The parade also marks the opening of the full festival. Boiled peanuts, roasted peanuts, and food of all kinds including funnel cakes, blooming onions, hot dogs and hamburgers are available all day so bring your appetite! Be sure to browse the unique collection of arts & crafts and delight in entertainment for all ages. Immediately following the parade, live music will begin and continue all day. The musical acts will change every 30 minutes, ensuring something for everyone! Also wildly popular are the tractor races. Beginning at noon, there are two must-see races: the Kiddie Pedal Tractor Race and the Slow Tractor Race.
The festival is capped off by a street dance beginning at 7:00 p.m. This year’s dance will feature the bands Lyn Avenue and Tell Scarlet. Lyn Avenue is an alternative country band out of Savannah that has been nominated 3 consecutive years for Best County Band by both the Georgia Music Awards and the Georgia Country Music Awards. Tell Scarlet is also out of Savannah and their music is alternative pop-rock and country. This band has gained popularity as an award-winning wedding and event band. The street dance will conclude at 10:30 p.m. bringing the 2017 Brooklet Peanut Festival to a close. Don’t miss this highly anticipated Bulloch County event when you Visit Statesboro!