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July 8, 2005

Dougherty County-- Selling more Georgia peanuts is the goal of a giant tractor trailer that left Albany this week. For the next two months the peanut mobile will be appearing at SeaWorld Parks and Busch Gardens around the country.

They call it the Peanut Mobile. "Not only just the visual aspect, where you can see we have a 32-foot tall peanut that stands upright." said Peanut Tour M.C. Matt Bourque.

That huge peanut travels on a 65 foot trailer, becoming a big sales tool for Georgia farmers. Co- M.C. Chris Willemin said "They definitely come up and say what's going on, what are you folks doing. And we can try to share with them information about peanuts."

For the rest of July and August, the Peanut Mobile will be appearing at SeaWorld Adventure Parks in Orlando, San Diego, and San Antonio, and Busch Gardens in Florida and Virginia.

Willemin said "Obviously people from all over the country travel to SeaWorld locations, so we get a big, diverse group of people." Called the Thrillin' and Grillin' tour, SeaWorld chefs will be cooking up dishes like salmon with peanut herb sauce, and Asian Peanut Chicken Salad, to be given to park visitors.

Bourque said, "As well as some desert options with crushed peanuts on the top of your favorite scoops of ice cream." The SeaWorld and Busch Garden appearances should tell the peanut story to a new audience, hopefully drawing more customers to one of South Georgia's biggest crops.

Willemin said "We're hoping that we can get people to be inspired to use peanuts more and more." This will be the first time the National Peanut Board is partnering with entertainment parks.

The Peanut Mobile left Albany this week for Virginia's Busch Gardens.

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