WUFT News

Williston residents, visitors celebrate peanuts during festival

By on October 5th, 2012

More than 9,000 people visit Williston on the first Saturday in October because of one small snack: the peanut.

The annual Williston Peanut Festival, which will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., has attracted visitors from across the state for the past 24 years. The festival will span six blocks lined with more than 120 vendors.

Many residents sell homemade goods like pies and cakes, said Levy County resident Frank Mooney.

“This is a living for these people,” he said. “But it’s something to be proud of in a small town like this.”

Williston residents are proud of Levy County’s signature crop and are excited for the festival to begin.

“It’s very important to our local economy and there’s a lot of peanuts grown throughout the county,” said Justin Head, former chair of the festival. “So this is to promote that and, like I said, our community and our area.”

Kelly Price edited this story online.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

People began lining up as early as Thursday afternoon outside of some retail stores in Gainesville, waiting on the release of the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, the latest products by Apple.

Apple Fanatics Line Up For New iPhone Release

People began lining up as early as Thursday afternoon outside of some retail stores in Gainesville, waiting on the release of the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.


Kavouklis_GraceMarketplace_008

Grace Marketplace Set To Close Pavilion and Chapel

Grace Marketplace, a “one-stop” shelter for the homeless, is discontinuing two of its staple services Oct. 1. The marketplace will no longer offer shelter under its outdoor pavilion, and will also close the chapel on site.


Construction continues on the TowneSuites at the corner of Newberry Rd. and Tower Rd

Five New Hotels May Spell Trouble for Gainesville Hotels

Five new hotels will open in Gainesville over the next few years: the Hotel Indigo, the Hyatt, the Element, a Home2 Suites and a TownePlace Suites.


Champions Park Brings New Name and New Expectations

Champions Park, formerly known as Nations Park, hopes to increase tourism after replacing the management director of the park and updating the contract to include new requirements.


StatGNV, a database recently launched by the city of Gainesville, aims to provide more data and statistics to the general public. The program was developed by Socrata Inc., a cloud software company.

Gainesville Provides Information to Public Through New Database

Gainesville took another step towards increasing government transparency through the soft launch of statGNV. The new database aims to provide more data and statistics to the general public.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments