--The Georgia Sweet Potato Festival will be held in Ocilla on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
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The Ocilla-Irwin Chamber hosts the annual Sweet Potato Festival the last Saturday of October every year. Smiling faces, families united, and memories to be made are some of the best ways to describe the Sweet Potato Festival. The festival began in 1960 to promote and recognize sweet potato growers.
The parade has a lot to offer every year. Spectators can enjoy activities such as the sweet potato cooking contest, a parade, and concession stands for adults and kids. These are only some of the activities that the Sweet Potato Festival has to offer. The festival brings together families along with the Ocilla community to share a day full of fun activities and make endless memories. One of the activities that the families can enjoy is the Old Elementary School displaying their arts in the Annual ARC Arts & Crafts Show. Children here have the opportunity to display artwork of their own for their families and for the community. Hundreds of families come out to see this unique show and to show support.
The Georgia Sweet Potato Improvement Association was formally organized in 1960 as the official body to promote and act for the Georgia sweet potato growers. The following officers and directors were elected to guide the new organization: President Harry Lutz, Vice-President J. W. Aultman, Treasurer Eugene Adams, Secretary S. A. Harmon.
Throughout history the sweet potatoes, an edible pinkish-orange tropical tuber plant with sweet fleshy goodness, are shown to be one of the most misunderstood vegetables. They are often confused with the yam, an edible starchy tuber plant distributed in tropical/subtropical countries, and are usually thought of as just a holiday-dinner side dish due to their color and taste. Another fact is that sweet potatoes are frequently referred to as “easy house plants for kids to grow in their schoolrooms. “Sweet potatoes are true to this as they are one of the most versatile, healthy, and taste friendly vegetables that are easy to maintain. On top of that before, sweet potatoes were used to combat diseases long, especially in children, long before modern medicines were able to do any good.