Dublin, North Carolina is often called the 'Peanut Capital Of The South' is the home of the Dublin Peanut Festival. Dublin is also the home of Houston's Peanuts which are shipped worldwide. In the 1992 the town needed a way to raise funds to build a gymnasium for Dublin Elementary School. They decided to hold a Peanut Festival to both earn money and honor their agricultural heritage. The festival was held in September of 1993. It was successful and became an annual tradition, now always held on the third Saturday of September and drawing crowds of over 3,000.
In 2013, the General Assembly adopted the Dublin Peanut Festival as the State Official Peanut Festival (Session Laws, 2013-313). The bill to select the Dublin Peanut Festival as the official State Peanut Festival was introduced by Rep. Bill Brisson of Bladen County. Met with little opposition, and was passed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 117 to 0.
This year’s date is September 19th, 2020. The Peanut Festival's events kicks off at 10 a.m. with a Parade. We will have the Classic Cruisers Car Show, North Carolina’s Best Country Food Cooking Vendors, Craft Vendors, All Day Live Entertainment, Children and Teen Rides, and Games. We will be selling hot boiled peanuts on site along with our cold boiled, salted in the shell, roasted and green peanuts.
- Our Peanut Festival T-Shirt design is drawn by Early High School at Bladen Community College.
- The Scholarship Pageant which takes place earlier in the month of September.
Chairman - Richard Sibbett
Co-Chairman - Christy Dowless
Secretary - Bonnie McDaniel
Treasurer - Horace Wyatt
Advertisement - Vicki Sibbett
Car Show - Wayne Dove
Crafts - Judy and Christy Dowless
Entertainment - Tracy Smith and Mary Bell
Misc. - Rodney Smith and Scott Bell
Pageant - Penny Britt
Parade - Dublin Fire Department
Set Up/Tear Down - Rodney Smith and Scott Bell
Scholarship - Vicki Sibbett
Sponsors - Thelma Robeson
Website/Facebook - Jonathan Edwards and Eric Whicker