Great American Peanut Butter Festival this Saturday

Released by Nutty's Peanut Butter:

GRAND SALINE, TX - You have probably heard the saying "everything is bigger in Texas". Well, one small East Texas town hopes to add a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to that list.

As part of National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, on November 13, 2010, Grand Saline Main Street and Nutty's Gourmet Peanut Butter will attempt to break the world record for the world's largest PB&J. The endeavor will coincide with the city's first annual Great American Peanut Butter Festival and is in conjunction with a peanut butter food drive for the East Texas Food Bank based in Tyler, TX.

"We're so excited," said Grand Saline Main Street Director Jamie Ollive. "We get to have a really fun festival and collect thousands of jars of peanut butter to help feed area families over the holidays."

The world record sandwich attempt will have to top 950 pounds to break the current record which was set in Oklahoma City on September 7, 2002. The PB&J construction process is scheduled to begin early Saturday morning since the bread actually has to be baked on the day of the attempt to comply with world record rules. "We expect the process to take most of the day," said Nutty's owner and sandwich builder Keith Parsons. "We'll have to wait for the dough to rise, bake the bread in a large commercial oven and then finally we'll transport the bread to a stage at the festival where we'll spread on the peanut butter and jelly with long boat oars."

The festival begins Saturday morning at 7:00am with a peanut butter pancake breakfast followed by the Great American Peanut Butter Parade at 10:00am. There will be a carnival with rides and midway games, a music stage that will showcase regional talent throughout the day and numerous vendors from as far away as Connecticut. "We actually have someone who'll be selling Elvis' favorite fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches," said Ollive.

Festival activities actually kick off Friday evening with a Great American Peanut Butter Pageant to name the festival's first peanut butter queen. Contestants from infant through high school will via for crowns in different age divisions and one talented high school senior will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship for being named queen of the festival. The pageant will begin at 7:00pm in the Grand Saline High School Auditorium.

Sponsors for the event include the East Texas Food Bank, Brookshires Grocery Company, Grand Saline Main Street, and Nutty's Gourmet Peanut Butter.