Prior to moving to L.A. (that’s Lower Alabama if you live in Alabama), I had never heard of the city of Dothan (that’s with a long “o” as in “DOE-thn”), the “Peanut Capital of the World”. For months, we’ve heard about “the Peanut Festival” which is held in Dothan every year. It’s actually the “National Peanut Festival“. It’s big. BIG. So big, in fact, that, according to some folks, people actually let their power bills lapse, leading to loss of power in their home, or go to those instant cash places to take out a loan. All that just so they can go to the NPF. Wow!
When I asked my Southern man WHY they would do such things, he said it’s probably because there’s no other big fairs around. Still…let your power go out? Just so you can? I don’t know. As much as I love fairs, I like electricity and all the perks it provides–hot water, light, air conditioning (yes, we’re still using it), cooking appliances, radio, t.v. and, of course, computer–much better than going to a fair.
So, we’re saving our money to go to next year’s National Peanut Festival. This year, we’re using our money to pay the power bill so we can watch the highlights on the television or hear them on the radio. And use our computer to tell you all about how we didn’t go this year….
Oh, and that peanut statue at the beginning of the post? Dothan has about 67 4-ft peanut sculptures all over town at various places “dressed up” in different themes: “Peanuts Around Town“. They even have a golden peanut statue at their Visitor Information Center. The breast cancer peanut is at a park. This past Saturday, as we were driving to Sam’s Club, my Southern man noticed that the Hooters restaurant even had one dressed in a Hooters outfit. No comment.
Next time, I’ll tell you about the statue we have in the center of our little city. I’ll give you a couple hints–it’s not a peanut and it has 8 legs….