Saturday, September 30, 2017 on the 2900 block of Devine Street from Noon – 7 PM
One sunny 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 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which had supported his family through their difficult time. 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 2018. Now, celebrating its 10th 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 and Ronald McDonald House Charities have a direct impact on our local community, and through these organizations, Nathan Miller and Brent Davis’s legacies continue to live and serve.