By CHERIL VERNON
Today will kick off three days of festivities planned for the 66th Annual Grapeland Peanut Festival including the Peanut Parade, Peanut Festival, carnival rides, homecoming, 5K run and the Queen Coronation.
Carnival family night will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. today at the Grapeland City Park.
On Friday, a homecoming pep rally will be held from 11:24 to 11:54 a.m. at the new Grapeland High School Gym. The Grapeland Sandies will hit the field to open district play against Shelbyville for its homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. A street dance featuring Sam Moore will be held from 9:30 p.m. to midnight on Main Street in Grapeland.
Saturday events will start with registration for the 5K Run at 7 a.m. at Salmon Lake Park.
The Peanut Parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday on Main Street with the Peanut Festival continuing throughout the day at the Grapeland City Park featuring live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts and food. The Queen Coronation will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Shoultz Auditorium.
“The float building for the parade has always been very competitive. The businesses do a really good job of putting them together,” Peanut Festival Chairman Brandon Bridges said Wednesday. “Each queen contestant has a corporate or organizational sponsor that builds a float for that contestant to be ride on.”
Peanuts of all kinds — roasted, raw in the shell or out of the shell — will be available for purchase at the Peanut Festival.
“We’ve got over 120 arts and crafts vendors this year and about 30 food vendors,” Bridges said. “We have live music planned all day.”
The festival is put on by the Grapeland Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s a good time for the whole family. There’s something for everyone. I like to say family because it really is a family atmosphere,” Bridges said. “There are a ton of family reunions that take place this weekend and they do that because this is something fun they can do together.”
The 66th Annual Peanut Festival Queen Coronation includes four contestants:
• Miss Double K Concrete & Construction (Madison Kellum) — Madison is the daughter of Russell Kellum and Reybel Kellum. She is a member of the Beta Club, FFA, volleyball and basketball teams. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends. After graduation, she plans to attend Sam Houston State University to major in nursing. She is sponsored by Double K Concrete & Construction.
• Miss Frontier Camp (Bethany Owens) — Bethany is the daughter of Tim and Brenda Owens. She is involved in choir, Latin and theater. Her hobbies include singing, riding horses, reading, sketching, leather tooling, playing the piano and guitar, shooting skeet and watching movies. After graduation, she plans to obtain a cosmetology license and then pursue a degree in performing arts. She is sponsored by Frontier Camp.
• Miss God’s Gift Ranch (Andi Huff) — Andi is the daughter of Mitchell Huff and Tammy Hassell. She is involved in Beta Club, FFA, Theater Arts, volleyball, tennis and track and is a class officer. Her hobbies include playing the fiddle, singing, water sports, riding horses and traveling. After graduation, she plans to attend Texas A&M in Commerce and study mathematics to become an actuary or statistician. She is sponsored by God’s Gift Ranch.
• Miss Grapeland Noon Lions Club (Katharyn Goosmann) — Katharyn is the daughter of Mike and Charlene Goosmann. She is involved in Beta Club, UIL, band and Theater Arts and is a class officer. Her hobbies include swimming, riding horses, fishing, hunting and being with family and friends. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of North Texas and major in speech pathology.
Tickets for the Queen Coronation are $10 each and available at Walling’s Pharmacy in Grapeland. For ticket information, call Teresa Bennett at 936-687-4617.
For more information about the 5K Run, call Christi Noble at 936-546-8147. For parade information, contact Penny Webb at 936-204-3678. For more information, email Bridges at firstname.lastname@example.org