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South Georgia family adds flavor to the Fourth

July 4, 2006

Valdosta - A lifelong tradition of one South Georgia family has helped others celebrate the fourth of July for decades.  The Blakely family has been in the produce business for years and selling their fruits and vegetables on the Fourth of July for almost as long.

Every year they set up at a busy Valdosta intersection and sell watermelon, peaches, tomatoes and cantaloupes, adding flavor to many Independence Day celebrations.

"It's the Fourth of July, so watermelons sell really good, cantaloupes also. Watermelons are the big seller, because everybody usually has parties on the Fourth so everybody likes to eat watermelon," said Heather Blakely, a young helper at the fruit stand.

After a poor crop last year due to frequent hurricanes, the Blakelys are enjoying a profitable year with their fruit.

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