Proud Peanut Festival returns to Blakely after year away due to COVID-19

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BLAKELY, Ga. (WDHN) — After being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peanut Proud Festival is back stronger than ever and the whole city is ready for some fun.

“Very very very positive, very much ready to see this happen,” festival co-chair Mike Newberry said on how citizens reacted to the festival coming back.

After not seeing a Peanut Proud Festival last year, the board was worried that this year would bring the same fate.

“In January, we had to make a decision either we’re going or we’re not, and we made the decision to go knowing at any point in time we might have to cancel.” Newberry said.

As positive cases continue to decrease, the board felt it was safe to continue as planned. That’s when they were able to tell residents that the festival would be making a triumphant return.

“If you see in the flowerbeds, the little peanuts, they come out March the first, and that kind of signals to our community it’s time,” he said.

“The 5K and a fun run starts at seven and eight o’clock, and then we have a parade at ten,” he told. “Of course, we have venders all around the square. Music starts at 12:30. That goes on basically all afternoon. Then, we shut down, clean up everything, and then come back at night for a street dance featuring the Atlanta all stars.”

For more information on the festival, visit their website.

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