Well, this is Dublin, Peanut Capital of North Carolina. Why not have a festival and name it, The Dublin Peanut Festival? The small group of people became the Dublin Peanut Festival Committee and September 18, 1993, the first festival was held. This committee was on a mission. The mission was to raise $30,000.00 to show they were serious about this facility. It took five years of sweat and anticipation but on May 17th, 1998, Dublin Elementary School was dedicated their gymnasium/multi-purpose building. This year will be our 23rd year and we have grown in leaps and bounds. We have used the "Peanut" proudly to accomplish our goals each year.
The festival takes us back in time to show the early years of peanut harvesting from horses and plows, to peanut stacks and to tractors and mechanical peanut pickers of today. The Festival includes a peanut cook-off contest and each entry must include peanuts. Cash prizes are given to these winners. We have for sale roasted, salted in the shell and freshly boiled peanuts. The students of Dublin Elementary School create our festival T-shirt graphics each year. Each student submits a drawing including peanuts and the festival committee selects a winner. The winner is given a cash prize and a T-shirt.