PLAINS, GA (WALB) - Lots of folks were anxious to hear President Jimmy Carter speak at the Annual Peanut Festival in Plains.
A band kicked off the 19th annual Plains Peanut Festival and several people traveled across the state to enjoy their favorite festivities.
"Probably the parade and the peanut ice cream," said Madelyn Dunston.
"It's just really fun," said Holly Mclemore. "There's a lot of games and a lot of yummy foods."
Kids got a chance to be up close and personal with participants in the parade. Jesse Rogers traveled with his church from Eastman to enjoy the festivities.
"Well we wanted the kids to ride the train and we got on the train in Cordele and road to here this morning," said Jesse Rogers.
"Welcome to Plains, Georgia," said President Jimmy Carter.
For many it was President Jimmy Carter they wanted to see. Many took out their cell phones to take pictures and record President Carter as he talked about his experience in the Peanut industry.
"In fact I've been in the peanut business longer than anybody here I bet," said President Jimmy Carter. "Has anybody been in the peanut business longer than 86 years?"
It was an experience both the young and the old enjoyed.
"It was very cool," said Jasmine Phillips.
"He looks like he's doing good to be as old as he is," said Rogers.
President Carter, who was recently diagnosed with Cancer also talked about the health benefits from eating peanuts.
"So if you want to stay slender, if you want to lose weight, if you want to live a long time, if you want to have a healthy life, what do you do," said President Jimmy Carter. "Eat Peanuts. Thank you very much"