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Pecan festival to get crackin'

BACONTON, Ga. — As is expected this time of year, the people in Baconton will take time to reflect onthe community's beginnings and its contributions to the region.

The city, known as the birthplace of the paper-shell pecan industry, is hosting its 36th annual Pecan Harvest Festival 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Georgia Highway 3 and Durham Street.

The festivities, whichl begin with a 5-k race, include a pecan pie contest, live entertainment, arts and crafts, education booths, music, and prizes every hour.

There are 50 vendors coming in from throughout the region, as well as from South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Atlanta.

Shortly after the race begins, there will be a parade beginning on East Walton Street in downtown Baconton. The grand marshal is a descendent of Maj. Robert James Bacon, the city's founder, that is coming in from Albuquerque, N.M., officials say.

As of Thursday morning, there were 40 entries for the parade with more people showing interest. Participation is expected from the Albany Marine Band, as well as from other bands in the area.

"Every year, this event gets bigger," said Elizabeth Williams, chairperson for the parade. "It is a great outing for the city and surrounding area."

For more information, call the city of Baconton at (229) 787-5511.