The Rules

10th Annual Palmetto Peanut Boil
Saturday, September 30, 2017 on the 2900 block of Devine Street


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 with a maximum of 4 people per team.




Teams will arrive on site at 9:00am, and each team is required to cook a minimum of 50 pounds of peanuts. The event opens to the public at noon and you must have peanuts available to serve at this time. We ask that you precook 25lbs and cook 25lbs on site. Your precooked nuts must be the same style that you will cook on site and submit for judging. This allows peanuts to be served the first few hours of the event while the competition is ongoing.

Teams will sell a sample of nuts to guests for $1. This will be a small serving of 2-3 nuts and sample cups will be provided. You 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 $4 each. Guests will pay with tokens, so teams will not have to handle money. Each team will hold on to their tokens, and will be collected by a PPB worker later in the day. The team that has the most tickets is the winner of the People's Choice award.


Our friends at Senn Brothers Produce are giving 10% off peanuts purchased for this year's competition. All you have to do is present your confirmed team registration at the time of purchase. Senn Brothers is located at the State Farmers Market.


  • Judging for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place will begin at 3:30pm.
  • Winners will be announced no later than 6:00pm.
  • Cash prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and People's Choice


  • A minimum of 50lbs of nuts - if you are making multiple styles, you must have 50lbs 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
  • Sign with team name (and/or name of nut recipe)
  • Teams shall provide his/ her own table decorations if desired


  • Sample cups
  • Ziploc bags for selling nuts
  • Baskets to collect tickets
  • T-shirt for each team member

There will be a brief team meeting the morning of the event at 9:00am. At least one member from each team must be present. During the meeting, we will give each team their supplies, give a quick overview of the day and be there to answer any questions teams might have.

Rules subject to change pending approval of the Fire Marshal.

Please call Jim Mishoe (704-649-5358) or Ashley Aldebol (803-920-0457) with any questions or concerns.


About the Palmetto Peanut Boil

One sunny fall day in 2008, friends Jim Mishoe and Brent Davis were boiling peanuts and got into a heated discussion on 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. Some of their friends joined in, and the Palmetto Peanut Boil was created. 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. Mishoe's nephew, Nathan Miller, passed away at 42 days old and during his short life, Ronald McDonald House Charities® provided his family a "home-away- from-home". To honor Nathan's memory and support Ronald McDonald House Charities(r), Mishoe and Davis decided to make the Palmetto Peanut Boil an annual event. When Davis passed away in a car accident in 2010, Mishoe and friends bound together, continued the tradition and over the course of the next five years, the Boil raised more than $25,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities®. In 2015, the Boil expanded its horizons and partnered with The Animal Mission, a charitable non-profit which improves the safety and quality of life for Midlands' animals. The Animal Mission offers free spay/neuter vouchers to all citizens in the City of Columbia and Richland County as well as adoptions which has reduced animal intake at the Columbia Animal Shelter by over 5,000 animals in the past 5 years. In 2008, Mishoe and Davis had an idea which is now a hallmark of the Midlands Community. The Palmetto Peanut Boil is a family-friendly, service oriented, famously hot competition which has produced never before tasted recipes showcasing South Carolina's official and most beloved snack - and raised thousands for charities with close-ties to the founders' hearts. The funds raised for The Animal Mission and Ronald McDonald House Charities(r) make an impact you can directly see in our community. Through these organizations, Nathan Miller and Brent Davis's legacies continue to live and serve.

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