GLENNVILLE, GA (WTOC) - This weekend, thousands of visitors will pack Glennville to celebrate smalltown traditions and a crop that means big business for many.
Sweet Vidalia onions make this community a success. Volunteers gathered Thursday to get ready for their 42nd annual festival to celebrate the crop that's been a staple for generations.
"We started in onions 75 or 80 years ago," Wayne Dasher said. "We had a farmer's market here so Piggly Wiggly would send their truck over to get the onions."
Tattnall County farmers actually grow more Vidalia onions than the Toombs County farmers around Vidalia. Local leaders know the impact farmers have on the local economy.
"These farmers buy supplies, they hire workers, and the workers turn around and spend money in our stores and restaurants," said Chris Roessler, Mayor of Glennville.
Those farmers have become even more crucial as fewer people til the land to grow food or fiber.
"History tells us 100 years ago, there were 99 people who were farmers and one that wasn't. Now, it's the other way around; one that's farming to feed the other 99," Dasher said.
Even with a parade and all the fun of a festival, organizers hope visitors remember the all-important crop behind it.
It's easy to understand why so many local growers are proud to be farmers.