Royalty Crowned at Annual Williston Peanut Festival

By Terry Witt
Senior Staff Writer

Everything was coming up peanuts in Williston Saturday.
Thousands of people visited Heritage Park as part of the annual Williston Peanut Festival.
Royalty was crowned at the festival.
Alaina Funderburk was crowned the Peanut Queen and Garrett Richburg the Peanut King.
Kelbie Lynn Peck was crowned the Baby Peanut Queen and Aaron Durden and Baby Peanut king.
The first runner up for Baby Peanut Queen was Elaina Bouten and second runner up Avery Jane Shaw.
First runner up for Baby Peanut King was Lian McCormick and second runner up was Eli Alexander Schultz.
First runner up for Peanut Queen was McKinley Brooke Peck and second runner up was Amiriah Faith Grimes.
Garrett Richburg was the only Peanut King contestant.
There were 102 exhibitors at the festivals, but some of the exhibitors had multiple tents.
Early in the morning, the Purple Pinkie 5K Run took place in support of International Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio from the earth.
The Mr. Peanut exhibit proved popular. The traveling Nutmobile and Mr. Peanut personality were sponsored by Planters Peanuts. The next stop for the Nutmobile was Tampa.
The staff called themselves Pnutters. Julie Helegeson said it’s not exactly what she expected as her first job out of college, but she enjoyed meeting people on the road. Her Pnutter name is Peanut Butter & Julie.
‘We’re all about puns,” she said. “We go a little nuts with puns.”
The story Mr. Peanut tells is that he is visiting various cities as part of his Bucket List, doing things he always wanted to do.
He danced with the Clover Squares square dance group at the Williston Peanut Festival.
After Tampa Bay, Mr. Peanut was headed for Suffolk, Va. in the Nutmobile.

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