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The Planters NUTmobile rolls into Old Town, and everyone goes nuts

The NUTmobile arrives in Wichita

The Planters NUTmobile stops by the Wichita Eagle for a NUT-tastic preview. Video by Denise Neil
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The Planters NUTmobile stops by the Wichita Eagle for a NUT-tastic preview. Video by Denise Neil

The Planters NUTmobile is in town, and this afternoon, it stopped by the Wichita Eagle for a pistach-irific preview. You’d be surprised how excited a bunch of journalists get when a nut-shaped car pulls up out front.

Watch my peanut pun-laden video to see exactly how excited.

The vehicle, one of three currently traversing the country, will be parked at various Wal-Mart stores around the Wichita area from Thursday to Sunday. You can see the schedule below. But I can attest it’s worth seeing.

We visited today with the three recent college graduates who were hired in June to drive the NUTmobile around the center of the United States. They all have real names, but their nut names are Legume Liam, Jacashewlyn and Pistachiara. They’ll be manning the nut until next June and they take turns performing the car’s various nut duties from city to city.

It’s a crazy job, driving that nut, and they get all manners of honks, waves and gesticulations as they drive down the highways. People who go to see them can pose with the peanut, meet Mr. Peanut and get nut samples if they’re willing to shout, “I love Planters!”

The NUTmobile is eco-friendly, say the “three nutscateers,” and it has the ability to run on peanut oil. It also has a tiny wind turbine hidden up front that charges the battery as well as solar panels on top.

And in case you wondered, yes, the NUTmoblers and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobilers do meet up and party whenever their paths cross.

Want to see it for yourself? Here’s the schedule:

▪ Thursday, noon-5 p.m., Wal-Mart, 1701 S. Kansas Road, Newton

▪ Friday, noon-5 p.m., Wal-Mart, 301 S. Village Road, El Dorado

▪ Saturday, noon-5 p.m., Wal-Mart, 2020 N. Nelson Drive, Derby

▪ Sunday, noon-5 p.m., Wal-Mart, 719 W. Seventh St., Augusta

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