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Dublin, a quaint town nestled in Bladen County, North Carolina, has long been known for its rich agricultural heritage and, of course, its beloved peanuts. Each year, the Dublin Peanut Festival brings together locals and visitors alike to celebrate this small town’s big nutty pride. And this year, the excitement is reaching new heights as the festival committee proudly announces the Grand Marshal for the 31st Dublin Peanut Festival – none other than Bladen County’s very own Alayna Hester!

The Dublin Peanut Festival has become a cherished tradition, eagerly anticipated by residents and peanut enthusiasts from near and far. This year, the festivities will take place on September 16, 2023, at the long-standing Dublin Primary School. The festival promises to be a day filled with laughter, entertainment, and, of course, an abundance of peanuts.

The highlight of the festival is undoubtedly the grand parade, which will commence at 10:00 am. Alayna Hester, a beloved member of the Bladen County community, will lead the procession as the Grand Marshal.

Alayna, a talented individual, who battled health problems, hailing from Bladen County, embarked on her acting journey with the esteemed Actors Arsenal in Wilmington. Displaying exceptional skill and dedication, she swiftly secured a prominent role in the highly acclaimed series “Tell Me Your Secrets,” available on the esteemed platform Amazon Prime. Remarkably, at the tender age of 19, she found herself working alongside the esteemed actor Michael Keaton in “Dopesick,” a compelling miniseries delving into the pressing issue of the opioid crisis.

Despite her immersion in the bustling world of entertainment, Alayna remains deeply connected to her humble small community. She actively encourages individuals to pursue their dreams relentlessly and reach for the stars, just as she has done.

Furthermore, Alayna penned a song, offering a heartfelt reflection on the profound impact her illness had on her loved ones.

In summary, Alayna exemplifies the epitome of professionalism and talent, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to her craft while staying true to her roots. Her remarkable journey serves as an inspiration to all, urging us to pursue our aspirations relentlessly and find solace in the pursuit of our dreams. Alayna’s presence at the festival will undoubtedly add an extra layer of excitement and pride to the event.

The Dublin Peanut Festival is a perfect opportunity for families and friends to gather and create lasting memories. The festival grounds will be bustling with activity, offering a wide array of attractions and entertainment for all ages. From thrilling rides and games to live music performances, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Of course, no peanut festival would be complete without an abundance of delicious treats to savor. Local vendors will be on hand, offering a variety of peanut-inspired culinary delights. From classic peanut butter cookies to unique creations like peanut brittle ice cream, visitors will have the chance to indulge their taste buds and explore the versatility of this beloved legume.

But the festival is about more than just fun and peanuts. It also serves as a way for the community to come together and support local causes. The Dublin Peanut Festival committee works tirelessly to ensure that a portion of the proceeds from the event go towards benefiting community organizations and initiatives. By attending the festival, you’re not only having a great time; you’re also making a positive impact on the place we all call home.

As the festival draws near, the anticipation continues to grow. The committee, in their recent social media announcement, expressed their excitement for this year’s festivities, promising an unforgettable experience for all attendees. The Dublin Peanut Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the town’s heritage, showcase local talent, and create lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come.

So mark your calendars and gather your loved ones. Join us at the 31st Dublin Peanut Festival as we honor Bladen County’s own Alayna Hester and come together as a community to celebrate our shared love for peanuts. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a first-time visitor, this festival promises to be an occasion filled with joy, laughter, and an abundance of nutty goodness. See you at the Dublin Peanut Festival!

More Information:

The Dublin Peanut Festival will be held in downtown Dublin on September 16, 2023. Apply to compete in the Pageant and find out more about the festival at the Dublin Peanut Festival website: www.dublinpeanutfestival.com.

Learn more about the Grand Marshal, Alayna Hester:


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