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Working for peanuts in Sylvester

October 21, 2006

Sylvester -- Lots of venders, thousands of people, and plenty of peanuts were in Sylvester today for the annual Georgia Peanut Festival. It's peanut harvest time in Worth County and the festival is one way to thank farmers for their work.

Vendors say working for peanuts isn't so bad.

"Hot, grilled peanut butter and jelly. Who needs one? Free today at the Peanut Festival," said Tyron Spearman.

Whoever said there's nothing free in life must have missed the Peanut Festival in Sylvester.

Tyron Spearman of the Peanut Institute says his PB&J sandwiches are made with the absolute best peanuts in the world. So good even, that they're fit for a king.

"Ohhh this is the favorite, Elvis Pressley walked, flew a many miles just to get a peanut butter jelly sandwich with bananas," said Spearman.

So as peanut butter lovers dug in, there was a lot more at the peanut festival for both young children, and old friends to enjoy.

"We've got a few of the items, stars, etcetera, and a lot of the old things you know that your mother and your grandmother had, that you don't see very often anymore," said Mickey Genetempo.

Even though Tyron Spearman says the best part of his sandwiches is the peanut butter.

"Peanuts help prevent diebetes, it's good for you, it's the perfect nutrition, man I tell you, we just want everybody in the world to know about it," said Spearman.

The word "free" often draws a big crowd too.

"All free today, grab you a sample," said Spearman.

So whether as butter, bagged, boiled or spread, there were lots of ways for people to enjoy one of nature's tasty and healthy treats.

Organizers say this year's festival has been the biggest yet, with 150 vendors and up to 20,000 people attending.

The festival wrapped up around 5 p.m. Saturday, but there is still a Peanut Festival Dance in Sylvester that starts tonight at 8 p.m.

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