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Record crowd shows up to Peanut Festival

PLAINS, GA (WALB) -

Folks say attendance at the annual Peanut Festival over the weekend hit an all-time high. Around 6,000 people watched the parade and visited President Carter's hometown.

Organizers say it provides a big economic boom for the entire area. Jimmy Carter's recent cancer announcement is believed to have made a huge impact in the attendance. 

"Everybody was just thrilled to get to get a glimpse of President Carter. The people that came to his book signing, they were thrilled to get to get to see him up close and personal and get a quick photo," said Jill Stuckey. 

President Carter briefly addressed the crowd Saturday---giving visitors some background on Georgia peanuts.

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