Each year as the temperatures drop and the trees change color, heaps of fall festivals begin cropping up. While some are more obvious than others, sometimes it’s worth taking a step off the beaten path.
Milledgeville, for example, is holding its eighth annual Deep Roots Festival on Saturday, October 22. Although it takes place in the charming downtown of a smaller city, that only means big-city entertainment for small-town cost.
Guests are treated to a family-friendly, all-day event which features a community stage with entertainment and local talent, an arts and crafts area showcasing and selling the work of more than 50 regional vendors, a 100+ vehicle car show and a kids’ area with games and prizes.
But perhaps the most enticing Deep Roots events are the ones involving food and music. The festival’s barbecue cook-off promises “some of the world’s best BBQ teams,” who are drawn to Milledgeville not only to impress locals with their formidable meats and sauces, but also to compete for some of the more than $13,000 in cash and prizes that will be handed out. Meanwhile, the Deep Roots music stage features excellent Georgia music like the quirky indie rock of Reptar and the popular rock riffing of The Whigs.
With all of this for $5 ($15 after 5 p.m.) it’s no wonder the Southeast Tourism Society recently named Deep Roots a top 20 event of the region.