September 25, 2012 - Looking for something to do this weekend? Get a head start on the County Fair season and take a short drive up US 52 to Bonneau, where the sleepy little town will come alive as it resurrects the Peanut Festival after a hiatus of 17 years.

Festivities will kick off in the town park at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 27, with Garbrick Amusements, Inc. providing an assortment of carnival rides along with a variety of games and vendors’ booths. . Many creative artisans will display their wares in an expansive Arts & Crafts show. Of course, the primary focus will be boiled peanuts in honor of the town’s agricultural heritage The Chillin’ Station will have its famous Hawaiian Shave Ice, Caribbean Grill will offer jerk chicken and other Jamaican cuisine, and many other culinary traffickers will tempt your taste buds with such traditional fair favorites as funnel cakes, candied apples, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn dogs, and more.

The fun will continue on Friday from 6:00 to 11:00 PM.

On Saturday, a gala parade featuring several marching bands and conceptual floats created by local residents will initiate the acitivies at 10:30 AM. The Bonneau Beauty Pageant queen will be represented, as will the mayor and other town dignitaries.

After the parade, there will be a Tractor Show from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

A horseshow tournament will commence at 12:00 noon.

Bluegrass and country music artists will entertain the crowd throughout the afternoon.

Dee Dee Cumbee and his band Thunder Alley will bring the festival to a climax with a concert from 8:00 PM until 12:00 midnight.

So bring your appetite and kick up your heels at this good old-fashioned country hoedown.

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