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PLAINS, GA (WALB) - It's time for one of the largest annual events in South Georgia, a big festival devoted to something very small. But something that's a big part of South Georgia's economy.
"This weekend is the 13th annual Plains Peanut Festival," said Harry Duke, the Coordinator of the Plains Better Hometown Program.
For a couple of days, this small town in Sumter County will become the place to be in South Georgia. It begins with the folk play "if These Sidewalks Could Talk" Friday night, then there's a full day of events on Saturday.
Duke said, "we start off the morning with a fun run at 8 o'clock."
With one of the most anticipated events of the day happening a little later: "the parade starts at 11," said Duke.
And for the entire day, there will be venders and games in the downtown area. It seems like a lot of fuss over the humble peanut. But this festival has another purpose as well.
While the peanut is the star of the festival, this weekend also gives the people in Plains a chance to celebrate the birthday of its most famous resident.
People from far and wide are drawn to the birthplace of Jimmy Carter. Like the Elmores. Where did they come here from?
"Gun Barrel City, Texas," said Rose Elmore.
And while they have different reasons for coming here, with Rose Elmore saying, "I admire him because of his work with Habitat For Humanity, and because of his being able to profess his faith."
They all seem to like the small town feel of his hometown.
Rose Elmore said Plains was, "down home country, kind of like where I grew up."
President Carter - and Former First Lady Rosalyn - will be making special appearances here. As they usually do.
"At 1:30, we have President Carter signing books at city hall. And Mrs. Carter signing in the historic inn," said Harry Duke.
Overall, no matter what brings you here, it's sure to be a full weekend. And if you make the trip here, the folks will be sure to greet you with a smile.