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Dublin Peanut Festival sees fun filled day

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The 24th annual Dublin Peanut Festival was held Saturday under warm, sunny skies. The morning began gray and overcast but by the time the parade began, the sun was peeking through and provided a back drop for a beautiful day.

The parade was enjoyed by young and old alike. As parade goers were treated to Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Spider Man, Darth Vader Captain America and others, young parade goers were held spellbound.

Classic Cars, fire trucks, marching bands and beauty queens were al on hand to mark the occasion. Following the parade the festivities on the ground of Dublin Elementary School with games, rides, food and live entertainment including the Motown sounds of Carolina Soul Band and The Carolina Breakers.

Lelmer Bryan, Bladen County’s oldest WWII Navy veteran served as parade grand marshal and the Peanut Festival committee presented a plaque to Deborah Rice recognizing the hard work and contributions of longtime Peanut Festival Committee member Barbara Jean Rice.

“She would be so very please,” said her daughter Deborah Rice.

Also recognized was the winner of the Dublin Peanut Festival T-shirt design contest, Danity Zion Ballard, and Peanut Festival Scholarship winner Charity Taylor.

The Peanut Festival got its start when Dublin Elementary School needed a gymnasium/multi-purpose building. The festival was begun in order to raise the funds necessary for the construction which was estimated to cost $200,000.