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      Plains, Peanuts, and a President

      If you live in Southwest Georgia, you already know what the 4th weekend of September means.

      On Saturday, Plains Peanut Festival kicked off with street dances, a parade, a 5K road race and of course peanuts.

      Former President Jimmy Carter was the events main attraction, giving out awards to young children, meeting and greeting the community and also having a book signing.

      The University of Georgia, The Peanut Institute, National Peanut Board, Farm Credit, Planters Jif, National Peanut Buying Points Association, and Mars displayed exhibits in the Planter's Peanut Pavilion.

      The Georgia Peanut Commission was on hand to oil roast Georgia peanuts.

      Director of the Plains Better Hometown Program Ruth Sanders says, "how many times do you get to meet a former president? So coming here is an opportunity of a lifetime."

      Additional festivities included free entertainment, historical and educational displays, food vendors, as well as arts and crafts.

      For more information, go to their website,

      This is the 17th year for the event.