Georgia Peanut Festival

Georgia Peanut Festival

October
A harvest festival paying tribute to Georgia's top crop is held in Sylvester, the Peanut Capital of the World. More peanuts are produced in the region around Sylvester than anywhere else in the state, and Georgia accounts for nearly half the U.S.'s peanut production and supplies five percent of the world's total production. Furthermore, Georgia's peanuts are a $2.5 billion industry. In other countries, the end products of peanuts are usually oil and meal; Georgia's harvest is largely used for salted and roasted peanuts and peanut butter.
This festival, which comes at the end of the peanut harvest time, began in 1964. Highlights through the years have included an appearance by George Bush, Sr. in 1979 to kick off his unsuccessful drive for the Republican presidential nomination, and the making of the World's Largest Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich in 1987. The sandwich measured 12 1 + 2 feet by 12 1 + 2 feet.
Events of the festival include a beauty pageant to choose a Little Miss Peanut, Junior Miss Peanut, and Georgia Peanut Queen; a peanut-syrup-and-pancakes eating contest; a peanut-recipe contest for school children; concerts; clogging exhibitions; a kiddy parade and a grand parade (the state's largest commodity parade) with 150 to 200 entries, including floats, horses, antique cars, and people dressed as peanuts.
CONTACTS:
Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce
301 E. Franklin St.
P.O. Box 768
Sylvester, GA 31791
229-776-7718; fax: 229-776-7719
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