Blakely celebrates a Peanut Proud Expo

An estimated 2,000 people poured into Blakely's court square to boost the image of the peanut.

It was the first Peanut Proud Expo on Saturday, a celebration at a time when the peanut industry has been rocked by a salmonella outbreak. Blakely is home to the Peanut Corp. of America plant that was linked to the national salmonella outbreak that sickened nearly 700 people and may have been responsible for nine deaths.

Hilary Halford, president of the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce, estimated that 2,000 people attended Saturday's