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Beckett Houn, 4, was among the kids waiting to greet Mr. Peanut when he arrived in his NUTmobile to visit the North Dakota Heritage Center on Thursday morning in Bismarck.

Danny "Maca-Danny-A" Holton's job as a "Peanutter" is to make people happy.

Holton is one of three team members for the Planters NUTmobile, a 26-foot-long fiberglass peanut that is the ride of choice for Mr. Peanut. The NUTmobile stopped in Bismarck for the first time this week during its cross-country journey.

Holton said the best part of the job is the positive impact the team makes in the communities they visit. 

Mr. Peanut and his NUTmobile arrived at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck on Thursday morning to tour the museum and visit with people waiting to see the famous mascot of the Planters Peanut Company.

"I mean, it's the NUTmobile, how can you not smile?" Holton said during a stop at the North Dakota Heritage Center on Thursday. "Especially in such a tough year like this, it's been a very rewarding job and a very important one too." 

There are three NUTmobiles traveling across the country. Each will rack up around 30,000 miles at the end of their year-long tour.

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Tom Stromme/Tribune Natalie Dewitt, left, and Resedary Addink, both 14 and from Hazen, greet Mr. Peanut inside the North Dakota Heritage Center on Thursday morning. Addink said they were at the Heritage Center on a Hazen school field trip. Mr. Peanut arrived at the Heritage Center in the NUTmobile while touring the country.

NUTmobile spokespeople, known as Peanutters, are recent college graduates looking to gain public relations, social media and marketing experience from a unique avenue. While traveling from state to state, Peanutters are responsible for event planning, vehicle upkeep and contributing to the brand's social media.

While Pittsburgh was one of his favorite stops, Holton said one of the most memorable parts of the trip happened in Bismarck when they met a 12-year-old super fan. 

"People here have actually been some of the most energetic fans," Holton said. "People followed us to our hotels every day and leave notes. This young lady came up with her dad and she had waited for hours for us. She left a note and so we texted her to come by. She was so excited that she got to see the NUTMobile, and that was really special." 

Additional stops will be made at the Arrow Service Team's Family Safety Day on Saturday and the Laughing Sun Brewing Co. on Sunday. Bismarck is the last city on this NUTmobile's itinerary. 

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