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By Jay Polk - bio | email

COLQUITT, GA (WALB) – Like many towns, Colquitt, Georgia has a springtime festival.  And this weekend there will be plenty going on.

Beginning on Friday: "we'll be having a bake sale and some vendors selling bar-b-que on the square.  And then Friday night at 6 o'clock the entertainment starts," said Veryl Garland-Cockey, the President of the Colquitt-Miller County Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, the festival makes its way to Spring Creek Park.  There will be more vendors, food and performances in this amphitheater.

"The Lee Mullis Band will be performing.  Also our local elementary and high school chorus," said Garland-Cockey.

All of the hoopla is in homage to the humble mayhaw.  The fruit produced by these trees is a cousin of the crabapple and is not like most fruits.

"You don't eat it, you cook it and get the juice out and make the jelly," said Garland-Cockey.

And the locals are proud of the jelly that is produced from the mayhaw...really proud.

Garland-Cockey called it: "the best jelly in the world."

Things made with the mayhaw, like jelly, have a bit of a tart taste to them, but there's nothing tart about the economic impact of this festival.

With as many as 7000 visitors in town from near and far: "mostly East Alabama, North Florida and all over Georgia," said Garland-Cockey. 

This weekend promises sweet rewards for businesses like Market on the Square.  With the increased number of visitors, sales should be up.

According to Lynda Boyd, the Manager of Market On The Square, "probably two to three times what we would do on a normal weekend."

And while the mayhaw is the star, it's the people of Colquitt who benefit from the festival held in its name.

"It brings in a mass quantity of people, which boosts the sales and helps the economy," said Boyd.

Proving that the little mayhaw can bring big rewards to one little South Georgia town.

This is the 27th annual Mayhaw Festival. Colquitt is about 50 miles southwest of Albany, on U.S. Highway 27. For a full listing of events you can go to their website.

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