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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) -  Lowndes County is home to the only remaining ham and egg show in the state.

It started in the 1950s as a way to promote the produce of black farmers.

Wednesday 46 hams and dozens of eggs from the competition were auctioned off.

Jaquon Battle is the grand champion of of the ham competition. This is his third competition.

"I was happy to know that this year I won," said Battle.

His ham was auctioned off at $475. Marie Lucas received the grand champion award for her eggs. Hers were auctioned off for $230.

 "My father has been in for 40 years and we just want to keep the legacy going," said Lucas.

Tuesday the eggs and hams were inspected for their quality and auctioned off Wednesday.

 "My mom loves her chickens she takes care of them like babies," said Lucas.

"It's a partnership between community, university, teaching and training and local businesses," said Lowndes County Extenstion Agent Calvin Willis. "We feel like it's part of heritage, part of a folk way that we want to continue this tradition in our community. "

Calvin Willis is proud of this tradition that's been going strong in Lowndes County since the 1950.

The first ham and egg show was organized by Otis Samuel O'neal in Fort Valley in 1916.

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