Chitlins, chili and chills coming Saturday

Larry Stanford Editor

October 25, 2013

Put a big 3C on your calendars for Saturday, as Chitlins, Chili and Chills will be happening all day long.

The 31st Annual Chitlin’ Hoedown takes place in Yatesville from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be a one day event this year, with plenty of delicious fried and grilled chitlins to go around. If your food tastes run in other directions, there will also be BBQ chicken and other food items for sale, as well as arts and crafts booths. Musical entertainment will be provided by Sylvia Winters, The Watkins Family, Doug Melton, The Vega Boys, Due South, and The Junkshun. There will also be the annual Yatesville Chitlin’ Hoedown parade that afternoon.

There is no admission charge. Arts and crafts booths open at 10 a.m., food will be served starting at 11 a.m., entertainment will be provided throughout the day, and the parade starts at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this big, one day event filled with arts and crafts, entertainment, good food, and good folks.

The 3rd Annual Smoke On The Water Chili Cook-Off takes place at Bickley’s Lake from 10 a.m. until, with plenty of good chili to sample and music to listen and dance to. It is not too late to enter the Chili Cook-Off. It costs just $25 to register, and registration includes two passes to the event. There will also be a Salsa competition, with registration for it being $10. Visitors can help in the judging for $1 a sample.

Music throughout the day will be provided by Big Mike and the Booty Papas, Fever Dog featuring Nash Austin, and 16 Ton. There will be a Corn-Hole Tournament with a $300 cash prize, so get there early to register your team. There will also be free hay rides and inflatables for the kids.

Admission is just $10m, and kids 10 and under get in free. Camping will also be available. As with the Smoke On The Water Barbecue Festival in the spring, proceeds from the Smoke On The Water Chili Cook-Off will benefit the volunteer fire departments in Upson County. For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, visit

You can experience ghostly chills at The Rock Ranch’s annual “Not So Spooky” Halloween Fest Saturday night. Pumpkin carving and painting, a costume parade, and a costume contest (pets can dress up, too), will be among the activities. This is the only date that pets are allowed at The Rock Ranch. A professional DJ will play music and emcee games and contests. Tommy Johns, a professional magician, will provide shows and balloon twisting, and there will also be World Champion Frisbee Dog Shows throughout the day. At 6 p.m., families can trick-or-treat for candy at ranch stations including Tiny Town, a 14-building children’s playhouse village, and then experience the corn maze with no lights - flashlights only in the maze from 7 to 8 p.m.

The Rock Ranch is open Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission is $15. Children 3 and under are free. Admission is half price with a military ID. Tickets are sold online or at the gate and discount coupons are available at Chick-fil-A locations. Please visit for tickets, campfire site reservations, directions and more details about Fall Family Fun Days. Also, visit them on Facebook at