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Tifton is a town with statues -- stallions, bears, monkeys, soldiers, firemen and even a president!
This week, the Tifton Grapevine takes a look around town at the statues -- and sometimes whimsical sculptures -- one can find around old Tift's Town.
PEANUTS & PRESIDENTS
GA. PEANUT FESTIVAL IN SYLVESTER; PLAINS CELEBRATES
Peanuts is as synonymous with Georgia as peaches or sweet iced tea.
'Tis the season for peanuts and the legume is being celebrated in our region. This Saturday, Oct. 19, is the 50th Annual Georgia Peanut Festival in nearby Sylvester. The festival is both a celebration as well as a "thank you" to the community and to local farmers.
This year's festival will be held again at T.C. Jeffords Park in downtown Sylvester. The Georgia Peanut Festival is the record holder for making the world's largest peanut butter sandwich, 12 foot wide by 12 foot long in 1987.
Among activities planned are a softball tournament, a 5K run, the Georgia Peanut Festival Pageant, a golf tournament, and a concert to end the day.
The famous Peter Pan Peanut Butter Parade kicks off the festivities at 10 a.m. Saturday with bands, clowns, cars, local celebrities, politicians, beauty queens and floats lining the
|Plains Peanut Festival Video|
streets of downtown Sylvester.
For information, call 229-776-6657.
The Sumter County town of Plains also recently held it annual Plains Peanut Festival, overseen by Plains native and former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalyn.
Watch the video at left by the Georgia Farm Monitor and see how Plains celebrates one of Georgia's signature crops.
BACKROADS OF GEORGIA
EXHIBIT RECEPTION IS FRIDAY, OCT. 18
The public is invited to a reception at 6 p.m. Friday evening, Oct. 18, celebrating the opening of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture's newest exhibit, "Backroads of Georgia," presented in partnership with Georgia Backroads Magazine, the Tifton-Tift County Arts Council and the Wiregrass Farmers Market.
The exhibit features more than 100 photographs depicting rural life and scenery, along with entries from 30 professional and amateur Georgia authors on the same theme.
Both parts of the exhibit were juried, and the awards will be announced during the reception. Farm-fresh treats from the Wiregrass Farmers Market, backroads tunes by Jeff Newberry, readings and gallery tours are planned for this casual fall evening.
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HARVEST CELEBRATION IS SATURDAY
Visitors can go back to the 19th century and children can chomp on a free caramel apple on
Saturday, Oct. 19 when the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College presents "Harvest Celebration."
Corn shelling, open hearth cooking, traditional children's games, face painting, hay rides and live music are some of the activities planned.
At the museum's Country Store, the Tiftarea Auto Club will hold a vintage car cruise. Throughout the Historic Village, guests can watch preservation demonstrations and children will get free caramel apples while they tour.
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A-MAZE-ING ZOMBIE RUN
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Guys, girls, and ghouls of every age can come out to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. for the second annual A-Maze-ing Zombie Run.
The race includes a one-mile fun run and walk through a portion of the GMA's Historic Village, including the Corn Maze, as zombies jump out and chase runners along the course.Registration on the day of the race opens at 8:30 a.m. with a race start time of 9:30 a.m.
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At a Glance....
FRIDAY, OCT. 18
- 10th Annual Health Fair, 9 a.m., Leroy Rogers Senior Center, Tifton.
- Joy Johnson in concert, noon, Veterans Memorial Park, Tifton.
- Georgia Backroads reception, 6 p.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
- Tiftarea Academy Football vs. Bulloch, 7:30 p.m., Statesboro.
- Tift County High Football vs. Valdosta High, 8 p.m., Valdosta.
SATURDAY, OCT. 19
- Trick-or-Trot 5k & 1m run, 7:30 a.m., YMCA Westover Road campus, Tifton.
- One Street at a Time clean-up, 8 a.m., Whiddon Street & Fourth Avenue, Tifton.
- Harvest Celebration, 9 a.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, Tifton.
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
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