Enfield to host annual Peanut Festival


People attend the 2018 Enfield Peanut Festival in Enfield.


From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Town of Enfield once again will celebrate the amazing peanut with its annual Peanut Festival from 4-9 p.m. on Friday and from noon-8 p.m. Saturday.

There will be plenty of food, entertainment, crafts and music.

Enfield was once the largest producer of raw peanuts in the world. While the small rural town of 2,300 people no longer holds that distinction, peanuts are still one of the town’s top crops.

Enfield’s first Peanut Festival was held in 1937, the oldest in North Carolina. Although there was a festival lull in the 1970s, Enfield has since revitalized the event and today the peanut is celebrated each year with a festival held downtown the first weekend of October. Last year’s Peanut Festival was a huge success, with more that 5,000 people attending the event.

On Friday, Connie Harvey, one of Halifax County’s premier gospel singers, will perform from 6:15-6:45 p.m. Connie was born in Scotland Neck but moved north when she was a youngster and started singing with her mother in the church choir of Second Saint James Disciples of Christ Church in Brooklyn. She made her recording debut with GSF records and toured with the Chiffons. She has written many Gospel songs, such as “We’ve Got The Power,” “Thank You Lord,” “Make Sweet Music,” “Lift Me Up” and “Love One Another.”

From 4-6:15 p.m., DJ Trevell Whitaker will provide music, and from 7-9 p.m., Maurice Wynn, who wrote “What She Don’t Know (Won’t Hurt Her),” which hit the Top 100 Southern Soul Song chart, will close out the evening with his performance.

Saturday is family-friendly with more than 50 food and crafts vendors lining the street. Beginning at noon, DJ Starchild of 95.5 FM will host the day’s entertainment, which includes step teams and dancers, The Ragged Angels Gospel Singers, Grooveline 757, a North Carolina dance party band specializing in R&B, funk, 80s old school and featuring music from Earth Wind and Fire, Kool & the Gang, Prince, Motown, Cameo, Gapp Band and Bruno Mars, will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. To end the evening, Black Diamond, a 10-piece band based in Wilson, will close out the weekend’s music.

New this year on Saturday only are rides from Ragland productions and The Budweiser Beer Truck.

For more information about the 2019 Enfield Peanut Festival, contact Delores Ward at 252-544-0864 or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Enfield-Peanut-Festival-1451348988235559/.