Golden Sweet Potato Festival in Texas

by Stacy Zogheib
The Golden Sweet Potato Festival celebrates community.

The Golden Sweet Potato Festival celebrates community.

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Golden, Texas is a small town of about 200 people, but their claim to fame is the Golden Sweet Potato Festival. Each October, the festival draws in visitors from nearby towns and cities. The Golden Sweet Potato Festival celebrates the harvest and the community life found in small towns. Ms Texas even makes an appearance at the festival each year.

History

The Golden Sweet Potato Festival began in the town of Golden, Texas in 1892. The festival started as a community get-together to raise money to maintain the Golden Community Center. For the first few years, it only had two planned events: a cooking contest and an auction of boxes of locally grown sweet potatoes. It has become one of the largest events in the Texas county of Wood. It is a time to celebrate the harvest at local farms, a get-together for class and family reunions, and a fundraiser for local fire departments and other charities.

Special Kids Day

Special Kids Day is not actually held during the festival, but instead is an annual event held in May promoted by festival organizers. This event includes a Farm and Ranch Day, petting zoos, horseback riding, wagon rides, horse painting, and barrel racing. There are clowns, horses, tractor pulls, face painting, a mechanical bull, a cup cake walk, and a band. The following day there is a charity bicycle race.

Attractions

After well over 100 years, the festival has grown significantly. Currently there are many events for visitors. In 2009, the festival featured a photography contest. Some of the categories included action/sports, people, agriculture, travel/place, nature/landscaping, black and white and photoshop. There was also a tractor pull, a beauty pageant, games of horseshoes, cooking contests, homemade canning contests, quilting, and a parade.

If You Go

The festival is held on the 4th week of October every year. In 2011, the festival is October 20-22nd. Kids Day is the first week of May each year. You can find contact information for purchasing booths, participating in the competitions and prices at the festival's website. The event address is a PO Box, so call ahead to confirm the location or prepare to ask for directions if you are not familiar with the area.

About the Author

Stacy Zogheib's writing has been published in various online publications. She is a teacher and educator with experience teaching first grade, special education and working with children ages 0 to 3. She has a Bachelor of Arts in elementary and special education from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University.

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