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A Celebration of Peanuts

Celebrations are a time of joy, fun and pride. Most of them are for birthdays and anniversaries but that wasn't the case for one Wiregrass town Saturday.

Carrie Linkous and her two-year old daughter are both peanut proud.

"Sense of pride very much so," said Linkous.

They are enjoying the 6th annual Peanut Proud Festival, a day that honors the peanut industry and what it means to the Blakely community.

"Peanuts are our livelihood. It's nice to see so many people from so many different ages to get out here and celebrate the same sense of pride," said Linkous.

The festivities draw thousands from the tri-state area but festival co-chairman Mike Newberry remembers why all of this began.

"Six years ago after the salmonella outbreak that was traced here back to Blakely, we came up with the Peanut Proud Festival and we felt that it was very important for our industry to get back on a positive note," said Newberry.

It worked, and spirits have been lifted. The jamboree has continued each year with a parade, music and food.

"It's been a steady growth and I think people have really enjoyed this festival. I think the vendors have enjoyed it and they have all come back. This whole community, this whole area truly revolves around the peanut," said Newberry.

And that's what makes the experience like none other. Saturday’s festival had everything from mud trucks to beauty queens. The parade included over one-hundred floats.


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