Skillet Festival

Vendors line the streets of Quitman for the 2014 Skillet Festival on Saturday.

QUITMAN — The Fourth Annual Skillet Festival kicked off Saturday morning at the Brooks County Courthouse Square.

Destination Brooks, the Quitman-Brooks County Tourism Project, is the organization that makes the Skillet Festival an annual success, along with the help of volunteers and local vendors. It seems that almost every resident of Brooks County attended this festival as cars lined every street near the courthouse square.

“The turn out this year has been outstanding,” said Benjamin Wingate, event organizer. “We have blown the estimates out of the water.”

This year’s event kicked off with the Cast Iron 5K Run/Walk, a local favorite that begins and ends at Citizens National Bank. What makes this race unique to the festival is that as runners pass, fans bang together skillets to lift spirits.

Throughout the rest of the day, patrons could walk up and down the aisles of vendors, enjoying everything from Grassroots Coffee and Horse Creek wine to various arts and crafts.

To ensure the festival isn’t weighted down with just one particular type of vendor, a careful jury selection process takes place prior to the event. This maintains variety among booths.

Beneath a gazebo, musical acts kept visitors entertained. Performing this year was Jen Anders, Patrick Road Band and Midnight Rain.

No Skillet Festival would be complete without the ever-popular skillet toss. Patrons are invited to toss skillets in a horseshoe-style competition and will remain an annual event for the festival.

“All the volunteers have been awesome this year,” said Wingate. “A lot of people in the community have really delivered. This is an important festival for Brooks County.”

Next year is expected to be bigger and better than previous years in honor of the festival’s fifth anniversary. Wingate hopes to expand and encourages anyone wanting to be involved with next year’s festivities do so early.

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