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Peanut festival Saturday in Williston

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By Carolyn Risner

In a nutshell, you are guaranteed a day of fun this Saturday when Heritage Park is lined with vendors, entertainment and thousands of visitors at the 21st Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival. Originally a project of the Williston Woman’s Club to salute the local peanut industry, the Festival is now sponsored by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce as its signature event.  For nearly a year, Chamber members have planned how to make this year’s celebration bigger and better. The day kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Pavilion in the center of the park with opening ceremonies.  For the rest of the day, scheduled entertainers will perform at the Pavilion and the Gazebo, as well as around the park. There will be music, dancing and at 3 p.m., comedy hypnosis by Rich Alexander.  Always a treat is the Baby Peanut Contest, set for 10:15 a.m. Parents and grandparents will ooh and ahh over the cute little tykes in their Sunday best. At 1 p.m., the search begins for the Little King and Queen, who will be named at 2 p.m. These little darlings will be modeling their casual country western attire as they meet the judges and the audience. This year the Chamber is sponsoring a sweet treat contest that carries with it a $100 cash prize going to the winner in two different categories: Peanut Brittle and Peanut Dessert. There is no registration fee and the only requirements are that entries must be homemade and must include peanuts in some form. Entries must be dropped off at the Chamber tent in the park by 10 a.m. and winners will be announced at noon.  Several antique tractors will be on display, as well as some street rods. A petting zoo, pony rides and a space walk will be available for the youngsters while the adults sample food or shop for arts and crafts along the way. Be sure to look for the Williston Pioneer booth, meet our staff and pick up some freebies. We’ll be looking for you.