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Williston residents, visitors celebrate peanuts during festival

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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.

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