Final preparations underway at the 66th Annual National Peanut Festival

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The rides are ready and vendors started setting up shop Wednesday in preparation for the 66th Annual National Peanut Festival.

There were no lines at the gates, and was midway quiet Wednesday afternoon, but that soon will change.

"When it all comes together and the ribbon is cut and the gates open you know you can just stand back and say man look the crowd coming in and it's such a great day," says Ealey Brackin, 1st Vice President for the NPF.

With less than 48 hours till gates open volunteers and vendors are working round the clock to make sure everything is ready to go.

Visitors will notice some new attractions when they enter the gates.

Reithoffer shows, which are bringing its midway to Dothan for the first time, are touting rides like the Wild Mouse and the Tango.

"Really a lot of different rides that no one else has seen in a long time and rides that no one else in America has, and so there is really going to be a lot of, it's going to be a whole new show, and a whole different look,
" says Richard Reithoffer, president of Reithoffer Shows.

Organizers are also adding a peanut pavilion to the list of attractions.

"We're just trying to educate people, also have people sample some products and it's just a way to sell more peanuts," says George Jeffcoat, president of the NPF.

This year's Peanut Festival runs October 30th through November 8th.

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