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Now in the 17th year, the Palmetto Peanut Boil has grown from a small backyard affair to an annual outdoor festival drawing thousands of attendees from all over the Midlands.

Highlighting the best of the best cooks and recipes in SC, the competition features teams vying for the honor of the championship trophy and bragging rights for another year.

And along with the competition, the Palmetto Peanut Boil also offers live music, food, and kids’ entertainment. Leashed pets are welcome!

Saturday, September 28, 2024


2900 block of Devine Street

Admission is free, and all proceeds from the sale of food and beverages benefit Animal Mission

Palmetto Peanut Boil
Palmetto Peanut Boil
Peanut Boil

Our 2023 Winners

Thank you to all of our teams for an incredible day!

Judges Choice:

  • 1st Place - Edisto River Boyz

  • Runner Up - Peak Drift

  • Most Creative - Chapin Boyz Nutz (Asian variety)

People’s Choice:

  • 1st Place - Chapin Boyz Nuts

  • 2nd Place - Big Daddy’s P-Nuts

  • 3rd Place (tie) - Simpson’s Peanuts and The Salty Siblings

Palmetto Peanut Boil

How it all started.

One fall day in 2008, friends Jim Mishoe and Brent Davis were boiling peanuts, and founding themselves in a heated discussion about the best way to enjoy the southern delicacy. From the type of peanut used, to the method of cooking, and the ingredients used for flavor, the two did not see eye to eye. So they decided to create a little friendly competition to see just who had the best recipe. Friends soon joined in, and the Palmetto Peanut Boil was born. Once word got out, Mishoe and Davis realized that the popularity of this salty snack could be used to make a real difference in their community. Along the way, the Palmetto Peanut Boil has taken on a more significant role than the two founders could have ever imagined that day. Following the passing of his nephew, Nathan Miller, Mishoe decided to commit to organizing the event each year as a fundraiser.

Later, when Davis passed away in a car accident in 2010, Mishoe and friends came together to continue the tradition in their friend’s memory. Over the course of the next five years, the Boil raised more than $25,000 for charity, and then in 2015 expanded its horizons to partner with Animal Mission as well. As a charitable, non-profit organization established to improve the safety and quality of life for Midlands’ animals, Animal Mission offers free spay/neuter vouchers to all residents of the City of Columbia and Richland County, which has successfully reduced animal intake at the Columbia Animal Shelter by 64% in the past 17 years, while improving the live-release rate significantly as well. Through the efforts of Animal Mission and its supporters, the city shelter is on track to achieve its goal of a making the Midlands a No-Kill Community by 2025. Now, celebrating its 17th year, the Palmetto Peanut Boil remains a family-friendly, service oriented competition with all proceeds from peanut sales and concessions going directly to charity. The funds raised for Animal Mission have a direct impact on our local community, and through these organizations, Nathan Miller and Brent Davis’s legacies continue to live and serve.

Music Line Up

Check Back for Band Line Ups Soon!


Cash prizes will be presented to the teams with the most overall sales as well as the judges choice.

  • Judges Choice: $400

  • Judges Choice, Runner Up: $200

  • Judges Choice, Most Creative: $100

Brent Davis People’s Choice Award (based on top sales)

  • 1st - $400

  • 2nd - $200

  • 3rd - $100

Best Decorated Tent - Prize To Be Announced

There will also be an award for the ‘Most Spirited Team’ with the best tent display. Be creative and show everyone why your team is the most fun. This award will be presented at 11:30 am (just before the event begins) so please have your tent ready to be judged.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the assistance of our generous sponsors, along with the support of the City of Columbia and Richland County. There are many opportunities for your business to support the event, while reaching the eyes and ears of the thousands of like-minded animal lovers who attend each year. Every dollar contributed to the Palmetto Peanut Boil goes directly toward our efforts to make the Midlands a No-Kill community.

Diamond Sponsors

Kelli Powell
Columbia SC

Platinum Sponsors

Adams Eaddy
Dog Daze

Gold Sponsors

Leggs & Belle
Frannie Heizer
Burr Forman
Art of Real Estate
Gourmet Shop
No Name Deli

Silver Sponsors

Guild Mortgage
Fetch Pet Care
Crave Market
Cool Care
Cantina 76

Rep. Seth Rose

Mayor Daniel Rickennman

Shealy Truck Center
Blueprint Strategy
Natural Roots
Peak Drift

Friends & Family

Streamline Timber

Julie and David Ruff

Will and Lauren Brennan

Harriett Green

The Davis Family

Howle and Howle Jewelers

The Hanson Law Firm

Southern Payroll

Arthur Coogler


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