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Peanut show could leave Albany

August 29, 2007

Albany-- The Georgia Peanut Commission is considering moving the annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show out of Albany for the first time in more than 20 years.  Every year, farmers come to see the latest farm equipment and technology.  This year's show at the Albany Civic Center attracted about 75 exhibitors and 1300 visitors to Albany.

Peanut Commission Assistant Executive Director Emory Murphy said organizers were caught off guard by steep rental fee increases at the Civic Center. "There was sticker shock because there was a 74% increase in the price, and so when we circulated that message that we didn't have enough budgeted to cover that, we were going to have to revisit this whole budget situation at the next board meeting," Murphy said.

The Commission is looking at facilities in Tifton and Moultrie, but they say even with the price increase in Albany, the Civic Center's rates are competitive. The board should decide next month where to hold the January show.