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Residents are 'Peanut Proud' in Blakely

The 9th annual Peanut Festival took place on Saturday, March 25 (Source: WALB) The 9th annual Peanut Festival took place on Saturday, March 25 (Source: WALB)
"This festival is wonderful for Early County," said Howard (Source: WALB) "This festival is wonderful for Early County," said Howard (Source: WALB)
"I'm so glad I found this event," said Monroe. (Source: WALB) "I'm so glad I found this event," said Monroe. (Source: WALB)
BLAKELY, GA (WALB) -

Early County is proud of it's peanut history. 

The annual Peanut Proud festival is more than just a party.

It honors the peanut industry, and what it means to the community.

"It's all about the peanuts," said Kathy Howard, resident. 

For Blakely, March is more than just national peanut month. It's become a month people look forward to all year. 

"Words cannot express how awesome this festival has become and how much it has grown throughout the years," said Howard. 

The city and hundreds of volunteers have been setting up for the annual Peanut Proud Festival for months. 

"People here come together, they work together, this is a team effort," said Howard.

Out of town vendors see this as an opportunity to travel to Blakely and network. 

"I actually found the event on Facebook, I'm glad I did. It's been a really nice turn out," said Monroe. 

Tanisha Monroe is a vendor from Columbus, she traveled to Blakely just for the festival. 

"It's been so fun. I got to meet a lot of people I wouldn't normally and I've gotten some good food," said Monroe. 

At one point, Early County was the largest peanut producing center of the world.

Residents are focused on the present and the future of the festival.

"We've all come together, not just for today but the weeks leading up to this. Just as soon as today is over, the planning for the 10th annual festival will begin," said Howard. 

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