TIFTON — The second annual Grocery Music Festival took place on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture.
Organizers M. Jay Hall and Eric Wisham said they were thankful for everyone who came out for the event, which had to be rescheduled once due to bad weather.
“We fought a date change and weather,” said Hall. “But we battled through and had a great festival.”
Hall and Wisham said there were approximately 150 people who came through from the time the festival opened at noon until the end at 10 p.m.
The highlight of the event was the wing eating competition and wing cookoff.
“We were pleased with the crowd response to that,” Hall said. It was so popular that they are thinking about having it every year.
The first competition was to see who could eat the most wings in four minutes and the second was to see who could eat the hottest wings. The hot wings were created by Wisham out of several different sauces.
Jeremy Brechbiel [Full Disclosure: We’re married] won the most wing eating competition and Colin Williamson won the hottest wing eating competition.
Out of the competing teams, the Fabulous Yard Birds team, made up of Lonnie and Lorine Lewis, took first place, with team Who You Callin’ Chicken taking second and Three Beards BBQ taking third.
The proceeds from the festival were used to feed four families for Thanksgiving this year, according to Hall.
Hall and Wisham donated boxes with canned goods, dried goods and turkeys from Publix to Called To Care, Coastal Plain CASA and the Tifton Housing Authority.
Hall said they are thinking about adding a canned food drive to next year’s festival.
“We’re really looking forward to next year,” Hall said. “We really want to grow it out and feed more families.”
“Stay tuned to see what food category 2020 will have,” said Wisham.
Fans can follow the festival on Instagram at @grocerymusicfest can follow a Facebook page in the near future. For more information about the festival, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisham said there were a variety of vendors, both locally sourced and from the nearby area.
Hall and Wisham wanted to thank the vendors, cook teams and music artists who stuck with the festival through the date change and the damp weather, as well as the sponsors for contributing to the success of the event, particularly Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the Georgia Museum of Agriculture for hosting the event.
Other sponsors include Collins, Wisham Jellies, Tifton Tourism, Georgia Grown, Spring Forward Inflatables, Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce, Southwell Mobile Clinic, Colony Bank, 3 Beards BBQ Competition Team, Tiftarea Psychiatric and Counseling Services, Cooksey Steel Company, Prince Automotive Group, Tift County Recreation Department, Cason Painting, OPS Polaris, Tabitha Ponder Beckford, Daniel Shippey Photography, The Mabra Firm and Gray Ghost Comics.