Also known as goobers or goober peas, the boiled peanut is South Carolina's state snack and are an important part of Dixie culture. Which is why folks in Bluffton hold an annual festival to honor this salty delicacy! 

Image Credit: Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival Facebook Page

The brainchild of local Blufftonians Jared Jester and Hannah Parish, the Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival started as a one-day event with its humble beginnings at the Bluffton Farmer's Market back in 2011. Now on its 6th year, the festival has grown to become a weekend event filled with wonderful treats and activities for the whole family!

This year's event heads back to the roots as the celebration moves back to Calhoun Street to focus more on the Peanut Cook-Off. Bigger and better than before, the Cook-Off will feature three Peanut Categories: Traditional and Creative, Best Overall, and Crowd Favorite. Everyone is welcome to join and you can download the entry form here.

Image Credit: Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival Facebook Page

And what festival is complete without a pageant? Have a feast for your eyes as participants model their Nuttiest Peanut Costumes. Children of various ages can join one of three titles: Lil' Miss Peanut, Lil' Mr. Goober, and Lil' Baby Goober.

Image Credit: Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival Facebook Page

The festival kicked off Thursday with the official "Cracking of the Nut" at the Bluffton Farmer's Market. Bring the family on Saturday from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM for a day filled with fun! Let the children have the times of their lives at the Kid's Zone, complete with rides and attractions. Join the Peanut Eating Competition and have your fill of these delicious treats!

Find out more here!

Main Photo Credit: Pexels