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September is here and with it comes two big community events, the Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Expo 2014, and the annual Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival. Read on to learn more about these events:

Business Expo 2014

The Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual Business Expo is ‘Under Construction’ at the Thomaston –Upson Civic Center on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 3 to 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out to the Business Expo, where more that 50 local businesses will have displays and samples available for visitors. There will also be door prizes.

This is not a job fair! Residents are urged to come and see what services local and surrounding businesses have to offer. Among the businesses you can expect to see at the Expo on Sept. 4 are AgSouth Farm Credit, Advo Kids – CASA, Inc, Amedisys, BAHA’I Faith of Upson County, Brightmoor Hospice, Care South Home Care, Century 21-Adams-Harvey, Chili’s Restaurant, Colony Bank, Dodds & Company Insurance, Edward Jones Financial Advisors: (Wynn Trice & Malcolm Williams), Flint Rose Studio, FUN 101 WTGA, Gas South, LLC, Georgia Department of Labor, GA. Department of Labor Service Spec LVER, Georgia Power Company, Gilmore Center Inc., Golden Living Center, JA-COR International, Legal Shield, M.R.S. Homecare, Mackey Mouse Travel, Martha Saylor-Oragami Owl, Northridge Church/RUSH. Ministries, Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home, Promise Place, Providence Health & Rehabilitation, PS Data Wireless, Pure Romance, Riverside Health & Rehabilitation, Robinson Insurance and Financial Services, Quad/Graphics, SCANA Energy, Servpro of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley, Small Business Development Center, SouthCrest Bank, Southern Crescent Technical College, Southern Rivers Energy, The Thomaston Times, The Wellness Center of URMC, Thomaston Ford, Thomaston Hospice, Thomaston-Upson Rotary Club, Thomaston Toastmasters, Three Rivers AHEC, Three Rivers Regional/Southern Crescent AAA, Trennis Dumas State Farm Insurance, United Bank-Thomaston, Upson EMC, Upson READ, Upson Regional Medical Center, Walgreens, and Workforce Investment.

Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival

For the last three years, the Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival has been held the last Saturday in October, competing with Yatesville’s Chitlin’ Hoedown and events at The Rock Ranch. This year, organizers decided to move the event up to Saturday, Sept. 13, to avoid conflict with any other fall event. Chili contestants are now being sought for the cook-off. There are three categories of competition. Chili has a $25 registration fee, Salsa has a $10 registration fee, and the People’s Choice is free. First Place in the Chili Cook-Off will receive a trophy and $250. Second Place will receive a trophy and $100, and Third Place will receive a trophy and $50. Salsa and People’s Choice winners will receive a trophy and bragging rights.

Gates open at 10 a.m. The music lineup this year will feature Ricky Gunn, Mark Evans, Andy Miller, Luke Martin, Aces & Eights, and Nash Austin & Friends. For more information, contact Bobby Bickley at 706-741-9317.

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