BLAKELY, GA (WALB) - The city of Blakely is getting ready for their biggest event of the year.
In the past eight years, the Peanut Proud Festival has brought thousands of people.
This year is expected to be no different.
The pictures hung on the walls of the store capture the memories, the volunteers who give countless hours of their time exemplify the dedication.
For folks in South Georgia, Peanut Proud is more than a one day festival.
"This is very much a celebration of the peanut industry," said Mike Newberry, a peanut farmer in Arlington and one of the co-chairs of the festival.
"I can't even sleep at night," smiled Newberry. "I'm more excited about this Saturday than I have been for anyone we've done."
He his wife Sherri, Marcie Justice Williams and Julie Jarrett are the masterminds behind the event.
While the festival began as a way to unite the peanut industry, it's united the city of Blakely as well.
"Small towns don't have a lot going for them. We have an opportunity to have an industry that wants to celebrate in this small town," said Newberry.
The president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, Kyle Kornegay, said the festival gives local businesses an economic boost.
"It's not just the money that's made on that one single day, it's the exposure these people get and in turn, make a little more money throughout the year," said Kornegay.
You don't have to be a business right on the square to see the affect. 135 vendors will set up on the square Saturday.
While there were only some passing cars Thursday, this weekend will be a whole different story.
"Blakely's been on the map, but Peanut Proud makes that spot a little bit bigger," said Kornegay.
And on Sunday, Newberry and his team will begin planning for Peanut Proud 2018.
"We never stop," joked Newberry.
If you are interested in attending, here is the list of events:
- 7 a.m. - 5K and Fun Run Registration
- 8 a.m. - 5K Run Begins, Fun run to follow
- 9 a.m. - Music by Blakely Mass Choir
- 10 a.m. - Parade begins
- 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Music on the square
- 12 p.m. - Welcome/Program
- 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Music by Ryn Crider
- 1:45 - 3 p.m. - Music by Darin and Brooke Aldridge
- 2 p.m. - Peanut Proud obstacle course
- 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Music by Parmalee
- 5 - 7 p.m. - Music on the square
- 7 - 11 p.m. - Street dance - The Atlanta Allstars