#8 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out.

185665142_003efb80a0jpgCertified as the World’s Largest by no less an authority than RoadsideAmerica.com, this giant goober honors Georgia’s favorite crop. It rises above a golden crown atop a brick pedestal and is easily visible from I-75.

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How to get there: Take I-75 South to just past Exit 82

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Joe Earle

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  1. Billy Howard

    What a great series of quirky but wonderful Georgia sites! Despite our flaws, at least we have a sense of humor! Thanks for sharing these with the Dew, you’ve been a wonderful tour guide!

  2. Tim Oliver

    Sorry that I, recently, besmudged this giant peanut by saying that I wanted to paint “Salmonella Free” on it, and placing it near Cordele instead of Ashburn. My days of creative vandalism are over. But, wouldn’t it look cool with a giant tophat, cane, and monocle…?

  3. I agree with Tim – this peanut could use some personification. Must make a pilgrimage to this salmonella-free (hopefully) site!

  4. I was economic developer at the Coastal Plain Area Planning and Development Commission based in Valdosta when Ashburn, one of the cities we served, wanted to promote its prime peanut position. Ralph Avila, graphic designer at the APDC, designed the king peanut monument. Probably federal or state grant money helped finance its construction. To my knowledge, the grant award never won a Golden Fleece award.
    Kay Powell

  5. Chrys B. Graham

    Thanks for sharing Georgia’s largest peanut. I think that it is definitely a more welcoming sight that the Big Chicken.

  6. Like most people, I love this series, and I also love the comments. Wonderful stuff, Joe, and I wish people would write a series like this on every Southern state. Very interesting to hear about Kay Powell’s connection to this lasting work of art. Tim’s comment on the tophat, cane and monocle does remind me, though, of a smaller icon that used to be on Decatur Street in Atlanta. Only very old Atlantans will remember that Mr. Peanut figure who used to be on the sidewalk there (too many) decades ago. But I can still remember walking by with my grandfather and smelling those hot roasted nuts inside the store. And, yes, they must have been salmonella free or I might not be writing this comment.

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