Dothan – Nutty and fun

Down in the southeast corner of Alabama, known as the Wiregrass region, Dothan’s old-timey downtown is experiencing a revival. Old buildings are being restored, and new shops and eateries are moving in. There’s a special load of fun every third Friday from May through October when an event called Foster Fest rules. It’s a street festival featuring food, music, and other entertainment.

The Murals: Start at the Wiregrass Museum of Art on Museum Avenue, and search for the colorful outdoor illustrations throughout the city on the sides of prominent buildings. These paintings show o_ the region’s history. Subjects include the Creek Indians, explorer Hernando DeSoto, the century-long steamboat era, cowboy movie star Johnny Mack Brown, and the women who shaped the city.

Peanuts: Dothan is a nutty place. Known as the Peanut Capital of the World (half the peanuts in the world are grown within 100 miles of this spot), the town goes crazy for 10 days in early November (that’s after the peanut harvest) during the National Peanut Festival. Get peanuts any way you like them – boiled, made into candy, or transformed into creamy or crunchy peanut butter – and enjoy concerts and carnival rides in the festival’s 200-acre site.