Sweet Potato Festival
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The Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival Committee kicks off its annual Sweet Potato Festival with the Arts and Crafts Day which is always the First Saturday of November and generates crowds of 10,000 to 20,000 people.
Opening day activities include a 5K Run/Walk, Political Speakers, Famous BBQ Chicken at the Fire Station, the Sweet Potato Tasting Booth, and the Information Booth. There are Sweet Potato Critter Contest, Sweet Potato Photography, Artwork, Writing contests, a Pie eating contest and live entertainment.
The week-long celebration of the harvest of the sweet potato crop continues on the following Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with the Sweet Potato King & Queen Beauty Pageants, ranging from new born to High School Seniors. Wednesday is Student Government Day, a day in which elected Senior Government Class Students take over the running of the town's government.
The Second Saturday closes the harvest celebration with an original sweet potato recipe contest and the Sweet potato banquet. That evening there is a presentation of awards and the presentation of the Mayors Cup to the winner of the cooking contest. Also at the Banquet, we auction off a hand-made sweet potato quilt, made by the Merry Hearts Club. This is a group of elderly ladies - our Mothers, Grandmothers and Old School Teachers and friends that work on the stitching of the quilt all year long. This quilt usually sells for hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars, which is donated to local projects.