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WALB Anniversary Tour stops in Ashburn

Ashburn, Georgia is the county seat of Turner County. This growing town sits on I-75 between Tifton and Cordele.

The trains that pass through Ashburn, Georgia are the reason the town is here. In 1888, The Georgia Southern and Florida Railroad successfully connected Florida to Macon, with the rails joining a few miles north of Ashburn.

The old train depot burned and now on that spot is Ashburn Station Park.

Named for W. W. Ashburn of Eastman, Georgia, the town now boasts a population of 5,400 people.

The town has a wide variety of businesses and industries from the local newspaper, The Wiregrass Farmer, which employs three people, to CentraPak, a company that repackages candy for M&M Mars and employs more than 400.

And not stretching too far from its farming roots, Ashburn is also home to Bio-Plus, a company that converts peanut hulls into organic aggregate granular product and Golden Peanut, a huge peanut shelling plant that sells to Jif, Peter Pan and M&M.

As is the case in many South Georgia towns, the Turner County Courthouse is the centerpiece of the downtown area and is right next door to Ashburn's new Crime and Punishment Museum.

And springtime in Ashburn means one thing - fire ants.

The annual Fire Ant Festival attracts thousands of people who enjoy food, arts & crafts, games and celebrate the fire ant.

This is the 9th annual Fire Ant Festival which kicks off Friday morning.