Wiregrass Newsroom: Peanut Festival Kicks Off

Dothan, AL (WSFA) -- Instead of trick-or-treating, many folks spent Halloween honoring the nation's largest peanut party.  A ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off the much anticipated festivities.  And this year's Miss National Peanut Festival couldn't be more excited.

"I've just got so much anticipation that's built up and I'm ready to get everything started.  I know it's going to be a great week," says Alicia Hatcher, who won the Miss National Peanut Festival pageant just two weeks ago.

For some, the fun is a lifelong tradition.

"Well, I've been coming since I was a child.  I'd plan my trips around coming home when I lived out of state just to come to the fair," says Linda Russell.

And while people enjoy the rides and prizes, a crew of more than 300 volunteers put in countless hours of time behind the scenes.  And that's exactly what Shirley Brackin has done for over 20 years.

"Somedays we're out here from ten o'clock in the morning until one or two o'clock the next morning.  I wouldn't have it any other way.  It's just part of my world."

It's all part of a world filled with smiling faces and fun had by all.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney