DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Organizers of the National Peanut Festival say the Alabama event may have drawn its largest crowds ever this fall.
The Dothan Eagle reports the 10-day festival that ended Sunday benefitted from unusually dry weather this year. Typically the festival gets at least three nights of cold, wet rain. But hardly any rainfall was felt this time around.
Jason Rudd, the festival's board president, says the impact of the weather "can't be overstated." And while organizers are still crunching attendance numbers, Rudd says the 2017 event is "shaping up to be the biggest festival ever."
The National Peanut Festival moved its concerts, rides and other attractions to an expanded location and a 10-day calendar in 1999. Organizers say about 160,000 people typically attend.
- Organizer: 2017 Peanut Festival may have seen record crowds
- Peanut storage facility catches fire in Delta
- 2 arrested in June death of Mississippi 'Peanut Man'
- Charges dismissed in June death of Mississippi 'Peanut Man'
- US coal mining deaths surge in 2017 after hitting record low
- Rainy Mardi Gras draws small crowds in Alabama
- Mississippi coast tourism organization hires new CEO
- 'Swampers' release new instrumental recording
- Rushdie to highlight 2018 Mississippi Book Festival
- Crustacean confrontation: Festival closes early amid fights