Valdosta Daily Times


October 13, 2013

Cooking up some fun at the Brooks County Skillet Festival

VALDOSTA — This Saturday, Oct. 19, marks the annual Skillet Festival in Brooks County, held in Quitman at the county courthouse square.

The organizers have really had some imaginative ideas on how to take an ordinary iron skillet and turn it into a potentially world record event that is also fun for the whole family.

Starting the day with the annual Cast Iron 5k Walk/Run at 8 a.m., participants will sprint or ease their way on a scenic course through the historic area while onlookers bang on iron skillets to cheer them on.

Beginning mid-morning, several chefs will compete head to head in the Cast Iron Chef cooking competition, using a box of mystery ingredients from the local area, a cast iron skillet and one burner.

And of course, the area around the courthouse will be filled with arts and crafts vendors, antiques, handmade goods, children’s activities, exhibitions, a dog show and live music.

The Skillet Toss will take place at 1 p.m. and if they are able to get enough sponsors to cover the cost, a representative from Guiness World Records will be on hand to certify the toss as the largest ever.

So load up the family, grab your iron skillet, and head over to Quitman Saturday for some good food, fellowship and family fun.

Business Roundup

Coyoacan has set a grand opening date the last weekend in October. They will open for lunch on the 27th. The Mexican restaurant already has a very popular location in Quitman. The new one in Valdosta is on St. Augustine where initially, the Wooden Nickel has a restaurant.

The Wendys on St. Augustine close to the interstate is about halfway through the rebuilding of the restaurant, and although I understand Denny’s is about to do the same thing across the street, no word yet on when they’ll start their project.

New vintage store on Baytree but couldn’t read their sign; the other new business on Baytree is MPrint South, not Imprint, which is what I called them last week. They are where the Oreck vacuum place was.

Although the work on the overpass on Hill Ave. has made it more difficult to access the area, in the strip center where Sisters and Heidi’s used to be is Proscuitto’s Pizzeria and Deli.

There will be an official grand opening of the new Raisin Cane out Newsome Road on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Ag Commissioner Gary Black attending.

The agri-tourism business is a relatively new concept mixing fresh farm to market produce with the ability to let visitors experience a working farm. They will host field trips, along with corn mazes and other activities throughout the year.

The old Taco Bell on N. Ashley St., next to the new Taco Bell, is going to be the second location for Hip Hop Fish & Chicken soon.

Across the street from SGMC and VSU on Patterson where the incredible new Health Sciences building is, the first of several commercial office buildings is being built in what will ultimately be a small business park development.

Sad to say that it looks like the Fuji restaurant in the Valdosta Mall has closed.

Hopefully the new Mill Pizza Buffet in Remerton Square and Hooters will be opening soon.

Still not sure what is going in where the old Leo’s Appliance building is being torn down on N. Ashley, but will keep you posted.

And a reminder that the Kennedy’s Family Steakhouse will be opening soon where the former Tavern was in Lake Park.

Also, a Raceway will be opening in Lake Park soon as well.

That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!

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