This Saturday, October 31, may be the most event-filled day of 2015. Not only is it Halloween, but it is also the day of the annual Chitlin’ Hoedown in Yatesville, a Not So Spooky Halloween at The Rock Ranch, a Power Wheels race and the final points race at Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin’, a Fall Festival at Greatest Generation Park, Sidney’s Scary SUPPORT Fest, and the Thurston VFD’s Haunted Trail. Following is a little bit of information on each event.
The 33rd annual Chitlin’ Hoedown will be held Saturday, October 31 in Yatesville. The hoedown includes chitlin’s, BBQ chicken, fried pies, home cooking and other types of food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and a parade. It’s free and open to everyone.
Last year they sold out of more than 15,000 pounds of chitlin’s that were boiled or fried. The chitlin and bbq line opens at 11 a.m. The annual parade begins at 1 p.m and cash prizes are given to the top three floats.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this big one day event filled with arts and crafts, entertainment, food, and good folks. Be sure and bring a folding chair so you can sit and enjoy the music and the parade.
Not So Spooky Halloween
From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., The Rock Ranch will hold its annual Not So Spooky Halloween, a family-oriented day of fun. There will be magic shows, pumpkin cannon firing, pumpkin painting and carving, an Ooey Gooey Game, and pumpkin bowling. For families that plan to leave before evening to Trick or Treat elsewhere, there will be Trick or Treating at various locations from 1-2 p.m.
There will be costume contests for children from ages 0 to 12 from 2 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. Age categories are 0-3, 4-6, and 7-12. Pets are also welcome at The Rock Ranch Saturday, and there will be a Pet Costume Contest at 4:3 p.m.
In addition to the Halloween activities, the Frisbee Dog State Championship will run between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. near Tiny Town.
Admission is $15 per person. Military members with proper I. D. can get in for $11.25, and children ages 2 and under are free. For more information, contact The Rock Ranch at 706-647-6374.
Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin’
Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin’, located off of Mauldin Road in Thomaston, is having a special Halloween race day on Saturday, featuring a Power Wheels Mudd Race for children ages 1-10, and the final series points race for the adult mudd boggers.
Youngsters can bring their power wheels (battery powered only) to the track to see who can make it through a smaller version of the mud track. Helmets are required to race. The kids will race in three age categories: 1-3, 4-7, and 8-10. There will be a $10 entry fee and there will be cash prizes for the winners and runners-up. All Power Wheel participants will also receive a free T-shirt.
In addition to the Power Wheels race, there will be a special Trucks-A-Treat for all children, with plenty of candy to go around. Halloween costumes for kids and adults are welcome, but no scary costumes.
For the adults, the Oct. 31 race will be the last points race of the season. Gates will open at 10 a.m. All Power Wheel entries must be signed up by 11 a.m. and the Power Wheel races start at noon. The big boys and girls will start their mudd boggin’ immediately following the power wheel races. Admission to Thriill Hill is $10 per person, and children 10 and under are free (unless they are participating in the Power Wheels race).For more information and directions, visit on the web at www.thrillhillmuddboggin.com, on Facebook at Thrillhill Muddboggin Thomaston, or call 706-647-1647.
T-Town Fall Festival
The second annual T-Town Fall Festival will be held Saturday at Greatest Generation Park, from 4-7 p.m. The community-wide family event is free to attened and will include food, music, inflatables, face painting, and a cake walk. There will also be indoor activities and games in the Silvertown Baptist Church gym. The event runs between 4-7 p.m.
Sidney’s Scary SUPPORT Fest
Sidney’s Carry Out will host a fund raiser for S.U.P.P.O.R.T., Upson County’s local cancer fund, this Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. The event will feature spellbinding music by Loose Change, and goblin good food with some of the regular menu items and their delicious BBQ, a ‘Cause-Tume” contest with cash prizes, a cornhole tournament, drink specials, prizes and more.
The cost to get in is $10 and all the proceeds go to SUPPORT, which distributes the money to Upson County cancer patients.
The Thurston Volunteer Fire Department, with assistance from the other VFD’s, have brought back the guided, three-quarter-mile walk-through Haunted Trail. Everyone knows the woods can be a spooky place at night, but add in a few monsters, zombies, and a giant mutant spider and you have a truly scary experience for those who dare to venture past the tree line. The walk will take 20 to 30 minutes to complete and will feature live action scenes and storytelling throughout.
The trail will open at dark Saturday, and is well worth the $5 admission fee, with proceeds going to support the volunteer fire department. If you have small children, let the guide know in advance, and the trail can be made less scary for them. Thurston VFD is located at 4188 Crest Highway in Thomaston.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.