Golden preparing for annual potato festival


The Golden Sweet Potato Festival returns to its namesake Wood County community Oct. 22-24.

Events kick off with the Miss Sweet Potato Pageant at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

Friday events include Mutton Bustin’ for youngsters at 6 p.m. at Pierce Boyd Area followed by gospel singing at 7 p.m.

The parade is set for 10 a.m. to kick off the events Saturday.

Pageant categories for girls include Miss Potato Sprout (0-18 months); Miss Tater Tot (19 to 47 months); Miss Curly Fry (4-6 years) (PK, K, 1st); Lil’ Miss Sweet Potato (2nd- 5th grade); Jr. Miss Sweet Potato (6th-8th grade); Sweet Potato Princess (9th -11th grade); Queen (Alba-Golden High School Sr.)

Boys categories include Mr. Potato Sprout (0-12 months); Mr. Tater Tot (13-24 months); Mr. Curly Fry (25-48 months).

Vendor, parade and pageant entry forms may be found at the website.