The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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February 24, 2014

Each year Georgia serves as a host to the International Poultry Trade Show

1.Okefenokee Swamp encompasses over 400,000 acres of canals; moss draped cypress trees, and lily pad prairies providing sanctuaries for hundreds of species of birds and wildlife including several endangered species.

 2.Cumberland Island National Seashore contains the ruins of Dungeness, the once magnificent Carnegie estate. In addition, wild horses graze among wind swept dunes.

 3.The late John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his future wife stopped in Kingsland on the way to their marriage on Cumberland Island.

 4.Historic Saint Marys Georgia is the second oldest city in the nation.

5.The City of Savanna was the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.

It sailed from Georgia.

6.Ways Station was renamed Richmond Hill on May 1, 1941, taking the name of automaker Henry Ford's winter estate.

 7.The pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach made a home on Blackbeard Island. The United States Congress designated the Blackbeard Island Wilderness Area in 1975 and it now has a total of 3,000 acres.

 8.On January 19, 1861, Georgia joined the Confederacy.

9.The official state fish is the largemouth bass.

10.In Gainesville, the Chicken Capital of the World it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork.

 11.Georgia was named for King George II of England.

12.Stone Mountain near Atlanta is one of the largest single masses of exposed granite in the world.

 13.Georgia is the nations number one producer of the three Ps--peanuts, pecans, and peaches.

 14.At the Hawkinsville Civitan Club's Annual Shoot the Bull Barbecue Championship, people from all over Georgia and surrounding states flock to this small south Georgia town to enter their tasty barbecue concoctions in this famous cook-off. The funds raised from this event benefit the Civitan International Research Center and its work toward a cure for Down's syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

 15.Each year Georgia serves as a host to the International Poultry Trade Show, the largest poultry convention in the world.

 16.The oldest portable steam engine in the United States is on display at Historic Railroad Shops in Savannah.

 17.Known as the sweetest onion in the world, the Vidalia onion can only be grown in the fields around Vidalia and Glennville

 18.Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

19.Georgia's population in 1776 was around 40,000.

20.Cordele claims to be the watermelon capital of the world.

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