HATTIESBURG, Miss. - With the excitement surrounding the April 26th Jimmy Buffett Concert at the Historic Saenger Theater, 16 Minit Marts in South Mississippi have joined forces with the theater to resolve once and for all, the “Peanut Butter Conspiracy” as revealed in Jimmy Buffett’s 1973 song about two poor, hungry musicians promising to pay back the Minit Mart after shoplifting peanut butter and sardines. And, in doing so, benefit the Edwards Street Fellowship Food Pantry. (For the video, please click here.)
Beginning this Saturday, visit any Minit Mart (see list below) and purchase a jar of peanut butter (or more than one, if you wish) with the Minit Mart sticker on the top. Add your name, telephone number and email address to the label and beginning Monday, April 16th, deliver it to Hattiesburg’s Saenger Theater between 8am and 5pm (M-F) or 10am and 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday. The donation period will go all week and next weekend, ending at 5pm Monday, April 23rd. On Tuesday, April 24th at 1:30pm, Amanda Bailey, granddaughter of the owner of the Minit Mart featured in the song, and who has forgiven Jimmy for pilfering the peanut butter (she says she is a big fan), will be blindfolded and enter "The Great Peanut Butter Pit" to randomly select two jars and award the donors with two tickets each to the April 26th concert.
In addition, Minit Mart will match every donated jar of peanut butter with a tin of sardines, all to be given to the Edwards Street Fellowship Food Pantry to provide a helping hand to struggling families throughout the greater Hattiesburg area. The drawing can be watched live on the Hattiesburg Saenger Theater’s Facebook page.
Rules and Information:
1-Go to any area Minit Mart from Saturday, April 14th until Monday, April 23rd and buy peanut butter jars with the Minit Mart sticker on top.
2-Place your Name, Telephone and Email on the label.
3-Deliver the jar(s) to Hattiesburg’s Saenger Theater (201 Forrest St.) beginning Monday, April 16th until 5pm on Monday, April 23rd.
4-No limit on the number of jars you donate, just make sure your information is on the Minit Mart label of each jar.
5-Only peanut butter jars from Minit Mart with label are eligible.
6-Minit Mart will match a can of sardines with each jar of peanut butter for donation to the food pantry.
7-Other canned food donations will be accepted and will go to Edwards Street Fellowship Food Pantry.
8-The Drawing will be held at 1:30pm on Tuesday, April 24th at the Saenger Theater. (The drawing is open to the public and will be featured live on the Hattiesburg Saenger Theater’s Facebook page.)
Minit Mart Locations:
Minit Mart #20 (Exxon, Corner of King Road and 98)
Taps & Crafts
6481 US Highway 98
Minit Mart #23 (Exxon across from McDonald’s on Broadway Drive)
901 Boardway Drive
Minit Mart #34 (Corner of Elks Lake Road and Hwy 49 South)
5317 Highway 49 South
Minit Mart #37 (Exxon, Corner of 38th Ave and West 4th Street)
3710 West 4th Street
Minit Mart #38 (Corner of Hwy 98 W and Hwy 589 in Bellevue)
7183 Highway 98 West
Minit Mart #39 (Across from the Hattiesburg Zoo)
1801 Hardy Street
Minit Mart #67 (Across the street from the Hattiesburg Convention Center)
103 Campbell Loop
Minit Mart #33 (Corner of Hwy 42 and Herrington Road)
1047 Highway 42 East
Minit Mart #12 (Exxon in Purvis)
625 Highway 589
Minit Mart #27
460 Highway 15 South
Minit Mart #35 (Exxon station)
799 Highway 11
Minit Mart #40
648 Highway 26 East
Minit Mart #41
134 Highway 587
Minit Mart #15
77 Highway 511 East
Minit Mart #28 (Chevron Station)
203 S. Archusa Ave.
Minit Mart #29
Hwy 45 & 18