Sweet Potato Festival
The first Georgia Sweet Potato Festival was held on November 21, 1960, shortly after the Georgia Sweet Potato Improvement Association was founded. The mission of the organization was to represent and promote the sweet potato industry and growers in Georgia. The first festival in Ocilla was so successful, the organizers chose to make it the permanent home of the festival. Today the festival continues to draw hundreds of sweet potato fans from all over the state.
The annual Sweet Potato Festival is held on the last Saturday in October. The festival also offers a car show that features automobiles from the early years of the auto industry, antique farm equipment and refurbished vintage and classic cars. There are also arts and craft vendors selling handmade artwork, jewelry and decorative items. For kids there is an entertainment center with face painters, games and kiddie rides.