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Saturday October 8, 2022 Noon-6pm
2900 block of Devine Street

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


Now in its 15th 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!

2022 Winners

The 2022 Palmetto Peanut Boil winners are...

1st – The Chapin Boys
2nd – G’s Nuts
3rd – Married to Some Nuts

Judges Choice:

Best Original – Simpson’s
Best Flavored – Meeks

Best Decorated Tent

The Chapin Boys


DJ VooDoo Child
Noon to 2:45

Whiskey Tango Revue
3:00 to 5:45

About the 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 61% in the past 14 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 15th 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.

Team Registration

How it Works


Teams are required to cook a minimum of 100 pounds of peanuts of any flavor they choose.

Teams will arrive on site between 8:30 and 9:30 am to set up. All teams must be on site, fully set up and ready to serve peanuts by noon when the event opens. At least half of each team’s peanuts should be pre-cooked and ready to serve/prebagged, though more may be pre-cooked if desired. On site cooking and reheating is welcome (and preferred!)

Official judging will take place no later than 1:00pm. Teams will present a sample of their peanuts to the panel of judges, and cash prizes will be awarded for the top peanuts, as well as the most creative recipe. Judging criteria will be shared with teams before the event.

Any team member cooking, packaging or handling peanuts must wear a face mask and gloves (provided if needed).

Bags of peanuts will be sold for 1 token ($5) each and should be the equivalent of one fully-filled, sandwhich-sized Ziploc bag with enough room remaining for easy closure.


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

Judges Choice: $150

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

1st - $400

2nd - $250

3rd - $100

Best Decorated Tent - TBD + $50

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.


A minimum of 100lbs of peanuts - if you are making multiple styles, you must have 100lbs of each recipe

All cooking equipment, including propane, burner, pot, utensils (there is no electricity or water source on site)

Fire extinguisher (REQUIRED by CFD)

Signage with your team name (and/or name of nut recipe) and decor


One bushel of peanuts to get you started

T-shirt for each team member

Breakfast for each team member


Container to collect tokens

Hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves for team use if needed.

One tent (with weights), one table, and 4 chairs. Set up and removal will be provided. If you choose to bring an additional tent, you please note that CFD requires 50lbs of weight per tent leg.

There will be a brief team meeting the morning of the event at 10:00 am. At least one member from each team must be present. During the meeting, we will give each team their supplies, provide a quick overview of the day and be there to answer any questions teams might have.

Registration is free but we reserve the right to limit the number of teams. Teams will be registered on a first come, first serve basis.

Rules subject to change pending approval of the Fire Marshal.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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.

Select a sponsorship level to learn more...

  • Complimentary beverages for 4 guests during the event
  • Sponsor gift bag
  • Name/logo on banner, tee shirt, website, and all advertising/marketing materials
  • Display booth or vendor tent, if desired
  • 4 Palmetto Peanut Boil tee shirts

  • Complimentary beverages for 3 guests during the event
  • Sponsor gift bag
  • Name/logo on banner, tee shirt, website, and all advertising/marketing materials
  • Display booth or vendor tent, if desired
  • 3 Palmetto Peanut Boil tee shirts

  • Complimentary beverages for 2 guests during the event
  • Sponsor gift bag
  • Name/logo on banner, tee shirt, website, and all advertising/marketing materials
  • 2 Palmetto Peanut Boil tee shirts

  • Complimentary beverages for 2 guests during the event
  • 1 Palmetto Peanut Boil tee shirt

  • Opportunities available for event day vendors and displays. Please contact for rates and information



If you’re not able to join us at the Peanut Boil but would still like to contribute, please click the button below, or mail a check to Animal Mission, PO Box 50023 Columbia SC 29250.

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