Former President Jimmy Carter and Wife, Rosalynn, Grace Plains Peanut Festival
Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, recently made an unexpected appearance at the Plains Peanut Festival in Plains, Georgia. The couple's attendance was a pleasant surprise for festival-goers. The Carter Center shared footage of the couple in an SUV, warmly greeted by attendees. The crowd even sang 'Happy Birthday' to the former President, who is set to turn 99 years old.
Health Struggles and Hospice Care
Jimmy Carter has been dealing with several health challenges and entered hospice care in February. The ex-president battled and overcame brain cancer in 2015. However, he encountered a series of health issues in 2019, which led to surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Carter's grandson, Josh Carter, recently revealed in an interview that the family is aware they are in the final chapter of Carter's life.
Home Visitors and Family Care
Family members and caregivers have been the only recent visitors to the Carters' home in Plains. Josh also shared that his grandmother, Rosalynn Carter, who is living with dementia, still recognizes her family for the most part.
A Historic Presidential Couple
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have been married for 77 years, making them the longest-married presidential couple in history. Before serving as president from 1977 to 1981, Jimmy Carter, a former peanut farmer and Navy lieutenant, was the governor of Georgia.
The Plains Peanut Festival
The Plains Peanut Festival, now in its 26th year, is an annual event that celebrates the region's traditional peanut harvest and pays tribute to the former president and his wife. The festival includes entertainment, historical and educational displays, food vendors, and a parade. The Carter's surprise appearance at the festival this year was warmly received by attendees and added a special touch to the celebrations.