Begun over 30 years ago to celebrate the peanut industry and harvest, the Central Florida Peanut Festival is now the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce’s biggest event – drawing in upward of 8,000 people each year.

Held the first Saturday of October, and this year on Oct. 1, in Williston’s Heritage Park, the one-day festival brings more than 100 vendors from across the South to the Crossroads of Florida.

From food to crafts, jewelry and apparel and everything in between, the day is the perfect kickoff to the holiday shopping season. And don’t forget the free grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

The north end of the park is devoted to children’s activities ranging from petting zoos to bounce houses and mini train rides.

Entertainment is held throughout the day in the Kenneth A. Schwiebert Pavilion and peanut royalty is crowned in two age groups – infants and children. Butch Batts and the Southbound Band will return to headline the entertainment and serve as the day’s emcee. The Mustang Cloggers will perform at 1:45 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce holds its reverse ticket drawing where a $10 donation could win someone $2,000 cash – if they hold the last ticket drawn.

Vendor applications are accepted through Sept. 22 or until are spaces are filled.

Applications for Peanut Royalty will be accepted beginning Sept. 6.

Heritage Park is located in the center of Williston between Main and Northwest Main Streets. Set your GPS for 50 NW Main St. and you will find it.

For more information, call 352-528-5552, email willistonflcoc@gmail.com or visit www.willistonflchamber.com.

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