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Countdown to Successful 29th Dublin Peanut Festival Underway

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By Charlotte Smith

The weather is forecasted to be perfect for the 29th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival (DPF) set for this Saturday, September 18. Dublin’s first Eagle Scout in 37 years, Ashton Robeson, will lead the way to fun for everyone as the Grand Marshal in the parade starting at 10 am. 

After the parade through downtown Dublin, there will be a large variety of foods, crafts, games, music, bounce houses, and peanuts at the festival site located at 7048 Albert Street on the Dublin Elementary School grounds.

DPF Committee Chair Christy Dowless reported the committee met last night. There are over 50 vendors and 11 food vendors. The local fire department will provide safety training for children. There will be bounce houses and other fun activities for the whole family. 

Photos from the 27th Dublin Peanut Festival

Dowless stated, “We hope everyone will be safe. We are not requiring masks, but we are encouraging people to wear their masks.” She added, “Hand sanitizer will be available. We have asked the vendors to provide hand sanitizer at their spaces, and we purchased gallons of sanitizer to put out through the festival grounds.”

The DPF annual car show always draws a crowd. This year Wayne Dove, the show’s organizer, expects a big turnout. The Car Show registration will be held from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.

The DPF Entertainment schedule is as follows:

11 am – 11:15 am: MC to Open Festival with DPF Scholarship Pageant winners.

11:15 am – 11:35 am: Ricky Bullard Dance Teams/Line Dancing

11:40 am – 12:10 pm: Emerge Gymnastics

12:10 pm – 12:38 pm: Line Dancing

12:40 pm – 1:00 pm: DPF Ambassador Alyssa Bell

1:00 pm – 1:20 pm: Dublin First Baptist Choir

1:20 pm – 1:28 pm: Line Music Music

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm: DPF Teen Miss Lydia Villagomez 

1:50 pm – 2:20 pm: Lane Ward

2:20 pm – 4:00 pm: DJ Music

Last weekend the annual Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant was held. The pageant committee has been committed to recognizing and celebrating the educational achievements of young women for years. 

According to the pageant’s chair, Vickie Sibbett, the new DPF Royal Court is as follows:

Tiny Miss Leah Moore

Little Miss Lyla Knight

Teen Miss Lydia Villagomez

Miss Dublin Peanut Festival Hannah Wheeless

Ambassador Alyssa Bell 

Every year the DPF Pageant awards a scholastic scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to the reigning Queen.

Dowless explained the DPF committee has one goal, and “it is to make our community and local schools stronger.”

Although the COVID-19 Pandemic prohibited the DPF from taking place last year, the DPF committee awarded Kailey Gause a $1,500 scholarship to Bladen Community College for her outstanding volunteer work and strong GPA. The local civic group also presented a check in 2020 for $500 to Jeff Atkinson, the Physical Education teacher at both Dublin and Plainview Elementary Schools to assist in the schools’ needs.

In the photo above – Richard Sibbett, the past chair of DPF with Miss Gause. 

For anyone looking for entertainment this Saturday, remember to stop by the Dublin Peanut Festival, where fun will be had, all while helping a local community thrive. There are no pets of any kind allowed, except for certified service animals. Find out more about the festival and its history by visiting the website:

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