Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Peanuts of Dothan

 The closest city to our winter home is Dothan, Alabama, one of the fastest growing cities in the South.  We can find every major retailer, many options for eating out, recreation, and one of the most artistic cities we have seen anywhere. http://www3.dothan.org/statistics.html
Half of the peanuts grown in the United States are grown within a 100 mile radius of Dothan, so peanuts are very important to the community.  The National Peanut Festival is held the first weekend of November every year.  Businesses have jumped on board with the peanut theme, so throughout the city, peanuts greet customers at the door.  It has probably created a cottage industry for artists designing peanuts.  Here are some examples:
Dothan Eagle

AT&T Cellular
A gold peanut in front of the Chamber of Commerce

Captain Cash - Ameris Bank
Krispy Kreme Donuts

Sam's Club

The city is known as the "Mural City" - nearly every building in the heart of the old city has a beautiful mural depicting the history of the area.