Golden Sweet Potato Festival's meetings are held at the Harold Simmons Community Center, Golden, TX FMI on meeting times please contact Ron Davis @ (903) 850-6503 New members are welcome! Dues are $5.00 for the first year and $1.00 for each year after. New members must have their dues paid by December 31st to be eligible to be a board member nominee or to vote in our Annual Meeting.Make checks payable and mail in your dues to: smile emot
Golden Sweet Potato Festival, Inc. P.O. Box 128, Golden, TX 75444
LIVESTOCK Show. For more information, contact Megan Pruett @ 903-768-2472 ext. 1228 or Ms. Rodde @ 254-315-7420
Festival Schedule of Events
fourth weekend in October
Pageants begin at 6pm - Theme: "Dime Store Cowgirl" and "Small Town Boy"
Mutton Bustin’ at 6pm
Gospel Night starts at 7pm
Come celebrate our 35th year with us! Enjoy good Gospel Singing under the Pavilion.
5K Run/Walk starts at 7am - register online by CLICKING this link
Baking Contest beings at 8am and ends at 9am
Parade starts at 10am - Calling ALL former GSPF pageant winners!!!!
Entertainment at the pavilion, immediately following the Parade
Tractor Pull begins at 11am
Horseshoe Tournament at 11am
Mounted Shooting at the Pierce Boyd Arena - Time TBD
Crowning of the Sweet Potato Queen at 12:50pm
Potato Auction at Pavillion at 1:00pm
Sweet Potato Auction at 1pm- 2pm
Pie Eating Contest (after the auction)
More live entertainment and dancing at the Pavilion from 7-10pm with a LIVE Band, "TBA"
Golden Sweet Potato Festival is held during the fourth week in October each year. The Sweet Potato Festival in Golden, Texas had its humble beginning in 1982. Monty Montgomery, a local radio station owner, came up with the idea of a community-wide get together once a year to raise money for the repair and upkeep of the Golden Community Center. The festival began with two events--a cooking contest and an auction of boxes of sweet potatoes grown by local farmers. Two flatbed trailers were joined together to form a "makeshift" stage for the sweet potato and food auction.
What began as a "community event" and fund raiser, has since become a huge celebration-- one of the largest events in Wood County, Texas! It's a time for family and class reunions, but most of all, especially for the farmers, it's a time for celebrating the sweet potato harvest. Today, the festival is an arm extended into the community, which distributes charitable funds throughout the area to five volunteer fire departments, Meals on Wheels, local scholarships, and the Special Kids' Farm and Ranch Day, just to name a few. If you were to visit the festival, you would still see the sweet potato auction, but you would also see and experience more! Who could have predicted what an important role a variety of sweet potato, called the Beauregard, would become to a little farming town in Texas?!