It Came from the Archives: “Parade of the Years,” 1938 National Peanut Festival Community Historical Play

The National Peanut Festival, born in 1938, has been a staple of the Wiregrass since. (Wiregrass Archives)

The National Peanut Festival, born in 1938, has been a staple of the Wiregrass since. (Wiregrass Archives)

The first National Peanut Festival occurred in Dothan, Alabama, on November 10-12, 1938.  Most of us recall that first festival for hosting Dr. George Washington Carver’s address, “Great Creator, What is a Peanut and Why Do You Make It?”

Dr. George Washington Carver speaks to the inaugural National Peanut Festival, from “Alabama Magazine”, Nov. 21, 1938….

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It Came From the Archives: Dothan received the Queen in 1952

Betty Phillips, Mutual Broadcasting Company's 2000th Queen for a Day, visited Dothan in 1952.

Betty Phillips, Mutual Broadcasting Company's 2000th Queen for a Day, visited Dothan in 1952.

Over the years the National Peanut Festival has produced hundreds of local queens and princesses, but in 1952 it hosted one whose name was not known until October 24.

That was Betty Phillips of Los Angeles, who was the Mutual Broadcasting System’s 2000th Queen for A Day.

“Queen For A Day” was a game show…

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It Came from the Archives: The National Peanut Festival

Dr. Marty Olliff examines the history of the National Peanut Festival through archival photos.

Dr. Marty Olliff examines the history of the National Peanut Festival through archival photos.

The National Peanut Festival has been celebrated in Dothan since 1938 (except for the World War II years). This first Peanut Festival came from the long tradition of harvest celebrations and the Wiregrass’ successful 20-year experiment with planting peanuts to avoid the economic calamity of the cotton boll weevil.

The NPF has changed over the…

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