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November 4, 2006

Americus -- Plenty of vendors and live entertainment were at the Pecan Festival in Americus this year. But some people who attended the festival wondered one thing... Where were all the pecans?

At the Americus Pecan Festival there was lots of food, volunteer college students working to better their community, and something for the Georgia Bulldog fans in town.

But Patti Ingle, her daughter and friends were on a mission to find one of their favorite nuts.

"Some pecans maybe, and we're here to watch the entertainment," said Patti Ingle.

So the group set out on their mission to find some pecans. After a hot dog eating contest, they passed by many vendors.

They'd been at the festival about 15 minutes and what did they see so far?  

"Bunch of food vendors so far. I noticed we had some pocketbooks over there," said Ingle.

No pecans yet. But after buying a handmade purse.

"There we go, we found the pecans!" said Ingle.

Their mission complete.

Susan Easterlin from Quail Country Pecan Farm brought many varieties to the festival this year, including roasted, shelled, and chocolate covered.

"We're the only pecan vendor at the festival," said Susan Easterlin.

Easterlin says this time of year is pecan harvesting time, so get pecans now while they're a fresh new crop.

"They're very sweet. We use them a lot of different ways, to cook with. We eat them every morning in cereal, just so versatile," said Easterlin.

Ingle and her friend said they were expecting to find more pecans at the festival, but they weren't disappointed.

"At least there was one. At least there was one, that's right," said Ingle.

For her daughter and her friend the best part of the festival was something else.  

"Being with friends, being with Katti," said Lauren Opel.

There may not have been very many pecans at the festival this year. But those who came say it was definitely a good time. 

"One thing is that it's really fun," said Katti Ingle.

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