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Plains Peanut Festival to honor Jimmy Carter

The 23rd Annual Plains Peanut Festival is scheduled for Sept. 28 in Plains, home of President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter. The event highlights the peanut harvest. Peanuts provide a sustainable and nutritious product and are used to fight malnutrition. Georgia leads the nation in annual peanut production, accounting for nearly half of all the peanuts grown in the United States.

Festival events begin on Saturday at 8 a.m. with a One Mile Fun Run followed by a 5K road race. Mr. Peanut will be cheering on the runners in the Fun Run. Additional festivities throughout the day include free entertainment, historical and educational displays, food vendors, as well as arts and crafts booths.

The Peanut Institute, National Peanut Board, American Peanut Shellers Association, Georgia Peanut Commission, Planters, Jif, National Peanut Buying Points Association, Mars and Hampton Farms will display exhibits in the Planters Peanut Pavilion beginning at 9 a.m. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. SAM Shortline will have train rides and President and Mrs. Carter will be signing books. The festival street dance featuring Slaughter Creek will perform live on Main Street beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information and to view a schedule of activities, visit the official website of the Plains Peanut Festival at