From the peanut farm to the peanut festival

Peanut capital of the world getting ready for annual festival

FLORESVILLE, Texas – There is no shortage of fun at the annual Floresville Peanut Festival.

It is a family event with entertainment for all taking place Thursday through Saturday.

The annual tradition hasn't always been so elaborate. When it began 73 years ago, it was called the "Peanut Pow Wow", and was to celebrate the importance of peanut farming to the area.

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Since then, the number of peanut farms has decreased.

"The peanut industry has dwindled some in South Texas," the voice of the Peanut Festival Jim Helmki said. "It is still the life blood of the economy for some of the peanut farmers around here."

Just outside Floresville is where you can find Charles Freeman's farm, and rows of peanuts almost ready to be harvested.

"We are going to probably harvest around November," Freeman said.

Throughout the years, he has seen the peanut farming industry have its ups and downs.

"It's hard to make it with peanuts but it's hard to make it with anything," Freeman said.

Despite few farmers still around, the peanut is still the main focus of the annual fall festival.

"It has evolved from a very small town festival to one of the largest in South Texas," Helmke said.

For a look at a schedule of events, click here.

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