Whitesboro will be filled with the smell of peanuts this weekend as the 52nd annual Whitesboro Peanut Festival will be held Saturday in downtown Whitesboro.
The one-day event will include a parade, entertainment stages, food court, children’s area, tractor exhibit and carnival. The event is free, and the Whitesboro Chamber of Commerce website says that more than 200 vendor booths will sit throughout downtown.
Festival Chairman Dee Lee described the origins of the festival last year.
“In the beginning it was for the farmers as they were bringing in their peanuts to be weighed,” Lee said. “They don’t bring in that many anymore, but we are still here.”
With less peanuts coming to weigh in, the festival is now more about Texoma pride.
“It’s got such a reputation that it just keeps growing,” Lee said in 2016. “People love to enjoy their hometown and the small-town feel.”
Festival patrons can also expect to see a car display with trucks and motorcycles. Cars and other vehicles will be on display until 2 p.m. at 209 N. Union St. in Whitesboro. There will also be cash drawings for $250, $150, and $100.
Barbara Bailey of the Whitesboro Chamber of Commerce said in 2016 that she remembers the first peanut festival and how important it was to the farmers. She also said the event was important for tourism when the number of people in Whitesboro grows by five times.
“We are a small community of about 4,500 so bringing in this many people is huge for us,” she said.
Last year, parking was made available at Whitesboro High School and free transportation was provided to and from downtown.
For more information, visit whitesborochamberofcommerce.com.