Palmetto Peanut Boil

Saturday, September 21, 2019
2900 block of Devine Street
11am to 6pm

Now in its 12th 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!

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

Band Line Up

Performance Schedule


Soda City Brass Band - 11:00 to 1:15

Kozelski Band - 1:30 to 3:30

Whisky Tango Revue - 3:45 to 6:00

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 The Animal Mission as well. As a charitable, non-profit organization established to improve the safety and quality of life for Midlands’ animals, the Animal Mission offers free spay/neuter vouchers to all residents of the City of Columbia and Richland County, and has successfully reduced animal intake at the Columbia Animal Shelter by 46% in the past 8 years, while improving the live release rate significantly. Through the efforts of the 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 2020. Now, celebrating its 12th 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 The 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. Every team will be provided with one free bushel of peanuts for cooking, courtesy of the Peanut Boil. Details on when and where to pick up these peanuts will be provided two weeks prior to the event.

Teams will arrive on site between 8:00-9:00 am to set up, and at least 50 pounds of each team's peanuts must be precooked and ready to serve by 11:00 am, when the event opens.

Official judging will take place no later than 1:00pm. Teams will present a sample of 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.

During the event, teams may offer a small sample of 1 or 2 nuts to guests (we will provide sample cups, or you may have a team member distributing samples). You’ll want to provide just enough for them to want to purchase a full bag! Teams will also be given Ziploc bags to fill and sell for one token ($4) each. Teams will collect their tokens throughout the day (a large container will be provided for you) to be counted for the People’s Choice award.

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 11:00 am (just as the event begins) so please have your tent ready to be judged.


The following prizes will be determined by a panel of judges, and will be announced at 1:45 pm:

  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • Most Creative Recipe

The prizes for the top two teams with the most peanuts sales will be announced at 5:15 pm:

  • Brent Davis People’s Choice Award
  • Runner Up, Brent Davis People’s Choice Award


  • A minimum of 100lbs of nuts - 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)
  • Set-up materials for your space, including table, chairs, tent (if desired)
  • 10 lbs of weight (sand bags, cinder blocks) per tent leg and a fire extinguisher (REQUIRED by CFD)
  • Signage with your team name (and/or name of nut recipe)


  • One bushel of peanuts (approx 40lbs) for cooking
  • Sample cups
  • Ziploc bags for selling nuts
  • Container to collect tokens
  • T-shirt for each team member (up to 4)
  • Breakfast for each team member (up to 4)
  • VIP room access (including food and beverages) for each team member (up to 4)

There will be a brief team meeting the morning of the event at 9:30 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...

  • 8 VIP wristbands to the Sponsor Room, including complimentary food and beverages
  • Name on banner and logo on website and all advertising/ marketing materials
  • Acknowledgement and thank you from the stage
  • Display booth or vendor tent, if desired
  • Palmetto Peanut Boil tee shirt

  • 6 VIP wristbands to the Sponsor Room, including complimentary food and beverages
  • Name on banner and logo on website and all advertising/ marketing materials
  • Display booth or vendor tent, if desired
  • Palmetto Peanut Boil tee shirt

  • 4 VIP wristbands to the Sponsor Room, including complimentary food and beverages
  • Logo on website and all advertising/ marketing materials
  • Palmetto Peanut Boil tee shirt

  • 2 VIP wristbands to the Sponsor Room, including complimentary food and beverages

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


Use the button below to contribute online, or mail a check to Palmetto Peanut Boil, c/o Animal Mission, 127 Humane Lane, Columbia, SC 29209

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