Annual Carrot Festival Serves More than Carrots

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-- Echols County, Ga. -- May 12, 2012 --

More than five hundred people came out to the second annual Echols Carrot Festival. It tops the first one by a long shot which was rained out. Organizers tell me it was raining carrots.
But Not this year, it was nothing but sunshine. In 2005, Echols was named the Carrot capital of the south. At that time it produced more than 140 million pound of carrots annually. Dozens of vendors took part in this years event, but carrots weren't the only food offered at the festival.

Chris Proctor cooks alligator. He gave some to Eyewitness News reporter Eames Yates who tried it. Eames thought it was delicious.

Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson was at the festival as well. He said "we're a real close knit community over here and we like to get together and everybody gets along."

Echols County was named the carrot capital of the south by Georgia state Representative Ellis Black.