Editor's Note: This story has an excessive amount of nut-related puns.
People of Knoxville: A giant goober is among us.
Have you ever wished to find a peanut on wheels (just now)? Now's your chance break out of your shell and mark that one off your bucket list.
Taking a page from its Kraft Foods sister-company Oscar Myer and its ever-iconic Wienermobile that makes people say "hot dog!", the folks at Planters also took a crack at advertising via strange vehicles shaped like food and came up with "Mr. Peanut's Nutmobile Tour." They're calling it the "Nuttiest Car on the Road," and it's parked itself at various locations in Knoxville for another year.
On Thursday, we found a vehicular peanut that had planted its roots at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital. The day before, it had been driving people nuts at the Knoxville Convention Center.
So what can you do at the Nutmobile? You can take pictures of it with national shell-ebrity and Planters' mascot Mr. Peanut . You can also snag some edible peanuts that aren't powered by gasoline and meet with the regional "Peanutter" that captains the Nutmobile to shout for nuts and talk about all things nut-related.
The group is made up of a bunch of lively young college graduates from across the country that are way too excited about legumes. They have names that roll off the tongue like "Ja-Cashew-lyn" and "Sweet N' Crunchy Kota."
Zach Esparza, or as he's known by his Peanutter name "Pi-Zach-io" (he's not the only one sporting a name with a pistachio pun), graduated from Arizona State University and says he stoked to be in Knoxville as a true "con-nut-sseur."
The Nutmobile won't be in Knoxville for much longer. If you miss this opportunity, the crew says it will have to "cashew later" another time. You can see the rest of the scheduled East Tennessee stops when it's not at the Chapman Highway Kroger below.
- Thursday, Oct. 26: 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. at the Pink Ribbon Celebration, Grand Event Center on 5441 Clinton Highway
- Friday, Oct. 27: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the FISH Hospitality Pantry at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on 600 South Chesnut Street, and later from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Deep Well Farm Corn Maze at 9567 US-11 in Lenoir City.
- Monday, Oct. 30: 10:00 a.m. to noon at the John T. O'Connor Senior Center at 224 South Peters Road.