Chitlin Hoedown

Yearly, on the fourth weekend in October in Yatesville

The Chitlin Hoedown is a yearly celebration of the close-knit community of the small city of Yatesville. At the Chitlin Hoedown there are many festivities and many tasty treats such as barbecued chicken, homemade fried pies, funnel cakes and, of course, fried chitlins are served. Although the chitterlings are the centerpiece of the celebration, their consumption is not necessary for the enjoyment of the festival, as there are a myriad of other activities and attractions.

Smoke on the Water

Bickley’s Lake, future dates to be announced      

draculaSmoke on the Water is an annual barbecue competition and music festival which has attracted thousands since its inception in 2008. The competitors, who camp outside during the festival as their meat cooks overnight, are said to produce some of the best barbecue in Georgia. Barbecue isn’t all, however, as they also have live musical entertainment, a Kids Zone, and other various vendors.

The Rock Ranch

The Rock Ranch hosts many events throughout the year. In the Spring they host an Easter egg hunt on the Saturday closest to Easter and RUSH (see below). On the Saturday closest to July 4 they have an Independence Day Celebration which has the best fireworks show in the area. They also have the Fall Family Fun Days in October and November.

Emancipation Proclamation Celebration

Annually on the Saturday closest to May 29

The Emancipation Proclamation Celebration is a yearly event celebrating the emancipation of Upson County’s slaves which has run constantly since 1866, making it the oldest such celebration to continue uninterrupted in the United States.  The celebration includes a parade through downtown, speeches, singing and other festivities held in Lincoln Park.


May 3-4 2013, later dates to be announced

R.U.S.H. Ministries is a Christian youth organization that yearly arranges Rush, a Christian music festival at the Rock Ranch. At Rush there are concerts by several big-name Christian bands and activities such as flag football, and paint ball.  Thousands of youth from around Georgia and the south attend RUSH each year.