About half of the peanuts grown in the United States are grown within a 100-mile radius of Dothan, Alabama, so it’s no surprise that the nation’s largest peanut festival is held here each fall to honor peanut growers and to celebrate the harvest season.
The 2011 National Peanut Festival is just drawing to a close but there is still time to get there for the final few days of fun (through to Sunday November 13).
But Dothan also hosts other interesting events.
For instance, on Thursday, November 17 you can enjoy exotic sample-sized martinis at the mARTinis on Main at the Wiregrass Museum of Art while exploring regional and local artists at this swanky affair benefiting the Wiregrass Chapter of the American Red Cross. General admission tickets are $30 and include 4 drinks, Hors d'oeuvres, live jazz music and auction.
Or enjoy a day of free family fun on Foster Street in Downtown Dothan at the Downtown Christmas Festival on Saturday December 3 from 9am to 3pm. Let the kids play in the snow, visit with Santa, ride the train, roast marshmallows, decorate cookies and make ornaments for the family tree. Families will delight in the horse and buggy rides and rows and rows of vendors with delightful Christmas crafts and gifts for sale. Most activities free, thanks to the generosity of local businesses who sponsor the venues.
And mark your calendars for the Tri-State BBQ Festival on Friday and Saturday April 13 and 14 at the Houston County Farm Center when Dothan becomes the Mecca for all things cooked low and slow during the second weekend in April each spring.
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For more information about top events in Alabama take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Alabama.