Grand Saline Hosts Peanut Butter Festival



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During National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, on Saturday, November 8, the Grand Saline Main Street Program presents the fifth annual Great American Peanut Butter Festival in downtown Grand Saline.

At the festival’s inaugural event in 2010, the organization and Nutty’s Peanut Butter set the world record for the largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which weighed in at 1,342 pounds.

This year, festival officials invite everyone attending to take part in the “Big Bite,” an attempt at setting a record for the most people taking bites of peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches at the same time. “Everyone at the festival will be given a free peanut butter and jelly sandwich and at 2 p.m. we’ll all take a bite of our sandwiches at the same time to set the first world record for the most people eating a PB&J simultaneously,” said Grand Saline Main Street Board Chairman Keith Parsons. “It should be tons of fun and delicious as well.”

This unique festival features vendors, food, games, amusements and live entertainment.

The festival also features the Nutty’s Peanut Butter-and-Jelly Sandwich Eating Contest, beginning at noon at the Nutty’s Peanut Butter Stage. Contestants go head-to-head to see who can eat the most sandwiches in 10 minutes. The winner receives $100 cash and a t-shirt.

Entrants for the contest can deliver their entry forms at Nutty’s Peanut Butter in Grand Saline or fax the entry form to 877.688.8977.

Admission to the festival is free, but festival organizers ask that each person bring a jar of any brand of peanut butter to donate to the East Texas Food Bank.

“The festival is a great way to kick off the holiday giving season,” Parsons said. “Lots of families need help around the holidays and peanut butter is a wonderful staple for any pantry. Every year we ask festival goers to bring a jar of any brand of peanut butter to fill the pantries of East Texans as part of the Feeding America campaign.”

Sponsors for the event include the East Texas Food Bank, Brookshire’s Grocery Company, Sonic Drive-Ins, 89.5 KVNE, Grand Saline Main Street and Nutty’s Gourmet Peanut Butter. A festival schedule is at www.greatamericanpeanutbutterfestival.com.

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