On November 16, 2017, the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber and Farmer Appreciation Committee hosted its Annual Farmers Appreciation Dinner. The dinner was held at the Ag Pavilion in Worth County. The doors opened at 6:00 PM and the Farmers and their families were treated to a meal catered by Fat Boys BBQ & More. Kaley Ford Bowen, of Farm Commodities and Chair of the Farmers Appreciation Committee, welcomed the farmers and thanked our sponsors. Mr. Jason Willis gave thanks and blessed the meal. The Worth County High School JROTC presented the colors, Ms. Jean Brooks lead the pledge and Ms. Mona Powell sang the National Anthem. Mr. Keith Willis recently retired FSA Director of Worth County, introduced our new FSA Director in Worth County, Mr. Taylor Arnold and wished him the best of luck. Then to Mr. Willis’s surprise, Mr. Kyle Tomlinson, the owner of Snipes Piggly Wiggly, presented Mr. Keith Willis with a plaque thanking him for over 30 years of service to the Worth County Ag Community and commitment to the Farmers Appreciation Committee. Mr. Willis gave a few words of thanks and said he couldn’t have had a better group of farmers to work for and is now proud to consider them his “friends”. Mr. Blake Crabtree, Worth County Extension Coordinator then presented our Farmer Awards for 2017: Farmer of the Year – Bowen Wright – Mr. Billy Wright accepted the award for his father. The Young Farmer of the Year is Morgan Young. The Conservationists of the Year is Keith and Floyd Brooks. In the next part of the program Mr. Kyle Tomlinson and Ms. Kaley Ford Bowen, with the help of two of our Georgia Peanut Queens, Little Miss Abigail Brook Goss, and Young Miss McKenzie Belle Ford, proceeded to give out over $1800 dollars in cash door prizes and gifts. Ms. Melissa Edwards wrapped it up with a heartfelt thank you to all our Worth County Farmers for all they do for our community. It was a great evening for all!
Source: Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce
The Georgia Peanut Festival Committee donated $500 to WCHS in appreciation for all of the school’s support during the 2017 Georgia Peanut Pageant. Special thanks to Worth County Superintendent, Mr. Bill Settle, WCHS Principal, Mr. Harley Calhoun, and WCHS Principal’s Secretary, Mrs. Lizzie Jones. Pictured is Georgia Peanut Pageant Chair, Mrs. Teresa Robison and Georgia Peanut Festival Committee Representative, Mrs. Karen Rackley presenting a check to Mr. Harley Calhoun and Mrs. Lizzie Jones.
The Annual Georgia Peanut Festival Pageant is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Sumner Auditorium in Sumner Georgia. The cost is $75 for all divisions and includes all optionals which are Prettiest Hair, Smile & Dress. Application deadline is Friday, August 12th. Congratulations ads for the programs are an additional $25. The Georgia Peanut Festival Pageant is absolutely NOT a glitz pageant!! NO wigs, hair pieces, spray tans, fake eyelashes or teeth will be permitted. These rules are strictly enforced. Baby Miss (6-11 mths), Teeny Miss (1-2), Tiny Miss (3-4), Little Miss (5-6), Young Miss (7-9) is Sunday best only, NO pageant dresses. Junior Miss (10-12), Teen Miss (13-15), Miss (16-21) is Casual wear and gown. Casual wear will be bright colored shirt with white crop pants and white tennis shoes (Keds). Junior, Teen, and Miss will do a self intro during casual wear and MUST mention something about PEANUTS! Miss only will be asked a question during gown. Applications are being accepted now. What a great way to represent your community and celebrate the Peanut Capital of the World then to be in the Georgia Peanut Festival Pageant. We would like to thank our 2015 Georgia Peanut Queens for a job well done representing us. The queens are as follows:
Miss, Meredith McGlamory
Teen Miss, Keslie Hutchinson
Junior Miss, Kylie Barnes
Young Miss, Emily Kent
Little Miss, Harmony Calhoun
Tiny Miss, Paisley Calhoun
Teeny Miss, Josie Garwood
Baby Miss, Shara Varnadoe
On Saturday, August 22nd, the Georgia Peanut Festival Pageant was held at the Sumner Auditorium. It was an evening of much beauty and entertainment as the 2015 Georgia Peanut Queens were crowned. Pageant winners included:
Shara Elaine Varnadoe – Baby Miss Peanut
Josie Annalee Garwood – Teeny Miss Peanut
Paisley Calhoun – Tiny Miss Peanut
Harmony Leigh-Grace Calhoun – Little Miss Peanut
Emily Kent Young – Miss Peanut
Kylie Elizabeth Barnes – Junior Miss Peanut
Keslie Reanea Hutchinson – Teen Miss Peanut
Meredith Lauren McGlamory – Miss Peanut
Special entertainment was provided by Thomas Robert of Dance Station and Liz Yoder, 2012 Teen Miss Georgia. Pageant Chair, Teresa Robinson, would like to thank all of the contestants, their parents and the Peanut Festival Pageant Committee for helping to make the Annual Georgia Peanut Pageant a success once again this year. Please make plans now for the 52nd Annual Georgia Peanut Festival on October 16-17, 2015!
Photo credit: Marsha Hickox