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National Peanut Festival kickoff

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Fall is getting closer, and in the wiregrass that means one thing.

It's almost time for the National Peanut Festival.

Wednesday organizers started the countdown to the 66th annual festival.

"Well every year is more exciting to me, because we just look forward to the festival," says George Jeffcoat, president for this year's festival.

Those attending this year's festival will notice some new attractions when they enter the gates.

A new group is handling rides, and organizers are adding a peanut pavilion.

"We're just trying to educate people, also have people sample some products and it's just a way to sell more peanuts," adds Jeffcoat.

High energy is how organizers are describing this year's musical lineup.

Up and comers Gloriana, Eric Church, and Lady Antebellum play this first weekend.

Local favorite Shane Owens takes the stage mid week, and wrapping out the lineup are Honor Society and Jessie James.

"Everybody that we have looked for this year we wanted people that were going to make the crowd move sway get into it, we wanted some energy in the amphitheater," says Tony Ellison, music chairman for the festival.

This year's peanut festival is from Oct 30- Nov 8th.

For more information about tickets go to www.nationalpeanutfestival.com

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