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The GA Sweet Potato Festival

The GA Sweet Potato Festival enters its 52nd year in 2012. The fun filled event takes place every year during the last weekend in October. Featured events include:

  • Antique, Vintage, Classic Car & Tractor Show - Participants are invited to bring antiques vehicles to the Ocilla Baptist Church parking lot for display from 1-4 p.m.
  • Annual Irwin ARC Arts & Crafts Festival - The Arts & Crafts show will be held at the  old Irwin County Elementary School on West Fourth Street, two blocks west of town. All types of arts and crafts are welcome, and booths are available for a fee. Vendors must submit pictures of their work in advance for approval.
  • Sweet Potato Cooking Contest - Sponsored by the Irwin County Extension Office, each recipe must feature sweet potatoes and may not include a mix – must be made from scratch. Categories include cakes, pies, candied sweet potatoes, souffles, and novelties (like candy, ice cream, and bread). Separate judging will be held for juniors under age 18 and seniors age 18 and up. Bring your best dishes – competition is stiff (and delicious).
  • Miss Georgia Sweet Potato Pageant: Peace, Love, Taters, and Tiaras -Can you dig it? - This year's pageant will be held in the Irwin County High School Auditorium. Age categories are Baby, Tiny, Little, Petite, Teen, and Miss. Check out the homegrown Georgia beauties for a glitzy spectacle like no other.
  • Georgia Sweet Potato Festival Parade - Churches, organizations, businesses, school clubs, and individuals are invited to participate in the parade.  Parade day sign-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Community House in Ocilla.  Float judging will begin at 10:00 a.m. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. Strike up the band!
  • Sweet Tater Trot - 5K road race and 1 mile walk/run will benefit the Ocilla Women's league. Both events will begin at the Farm Bureau.

Find out more about the festival, check out pictures from past events, and try some of the past winning sweet potato contest at GASweetPotatoFestival.com. The sweet potato-pear dumplings are absolutely divine!

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