Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

September 19, 2011

Plains Peanut Fest this weekend

PLAINS — The Plains Better Hometown Program did its part to bolster excitement for the upcoming Plains Peanut Festival with an event last weekend that brought around 100 people to downtown Plains, according to Ruth Sanders, coordinator of Plains Better Hometown.

Around 20 people participated in a “scarecrow competition” in the spirit of the harvest season and welcoming cooler autumn temperatures. The participants designed and decorated their scarecrows and three were chosen as the top designs. A hot-dog supper was held in conjunction with the competition.

Sanders said the supper and scarecrow competition may become an annual event to get people more involved with the festival and to build anticipation among the citizens of Plains.

Sanders announced last week the Grand Marshal for this year’s Peanut Festival parade will be Krysta Harden, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The 15th annual Plains Peanut Festival starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Plains High School with the folk play, “If These Sidewalks Could Talk: Church Goin’,” the newest production penned by Kim Fuller. According to Fuller, most of the cast have performed each of the previous plays.

“They (cast) take on a variety of parts,” Fuller says. The gist of the play is three preachers talking about the goings-on in their respective churches, including the weddings and funerals of members of the congregation. Fuller says that some of the cast members relate their “real life” church stories.

Music for the play was written/directed by Dan Ariail, and Saleta Rogers will perform piano accompaniments. The play will be performed both Friday and Saturday  at Plains High School. Admission to the Plains $10/adult and $5/child.

The fun continues, free of charge, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday with a one-mile “Fun Run” followed by a 5K road race at 8:30 a.m. An awards ceremony for the road race and postcard competitions will be held at 10 a.m. at Maxine Reese and Logan parks.

Events will continue throughout the morning and through the afternoon. Arts and crafts and fun events for children and the entire family will be in the area near the police department downtown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food concessions will also be available all day.

The Main Street Parade starts at 11 a.m. followed by a book signing by President and Mrs. Carter. President Carter will be at Carter Service Station at 1:30 p.m. while Rosalynn Carter will be at Plains Inn and Antiques.

Artists performing at the festival have yet to be announced. In addition to the entertainment and events, attendees can board the SAM Shortline and take a ride for $7 per coach seat or $10 for a premium seat.

An encore production of “If These Sidewalks Could Talk:” will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday and the Festival Dance with live music from Slaughter Creek will take place from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Ending up the festivities will be Sunday School with President Carter teaching at 10 a.m. at Marantha Baptist Church. The sanctuary opens at 8:30 a.m. For more information call 824-5373 or visit

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