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Organizer: 2017 Peanut Festival may have seen record crowds

Organizers of the National Peanut Festival say the Alabama event may have drawn its largest crowds ever this fall.

Posted: Nov 13, 2017 1:35 PM

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.

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