Smoke On The Water BBQ Cook-Off & Music Festival


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All of us on the SOTW team remember a time when our small, beloved, middle Georgia town was booming! As kids growing up in a cotton mill town where most of our parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends lived, worked and played. It was a hard pill to swallow when we began to see that vitality dwindle. By the time we were in high school, our once thriving little hometown was struggling. The mills were closing down, and most everyone we knew and loved were without jobs. Though we’ve survived, the town has never quite been restored to its heyday or the booming economy the cotton mills provided. Even though our town has adapted, its focus has shifted away from the mill industry. The small town camaraderie still runs deep in our veins, and shaking the core of our foundation didn’t break our spirit.

With that being said, our group of childhood friends decided nine years ago to pull together an event to shine a spotlight on our town. Our dream was to not only offer fun for all, but to give back to our community. We looked at the areas of need in our county. In the core of our beings we felt the six Volunteer Fire Department (VFD’s) were the most deserving. Despite limited funding, they are the first responders to almost every 911 call in our rural county. We give the VFD’s most of the credit for saving the lives of our parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors. They are also charged with preserving buildings and history that are priceless to all who live in Upson County. With the help of sponsors like you and the support of our community, we have given over $100K to the Upson County VFD’s over the last seven years!

With an overflowing love for our community, the SOTW team decided to pour our hearts and souls into an event to honor the town we adore. As a team, we pride ourselves on having members with a variety of talents. These varied talents ensure our event is not only a success, but a memorable experience. Our team is well versed in marketing, business management, surveying, engineering and graphic design. We also know how to throw a party! SOTW has grown bigger and better than any of us could have imagined, and it just keeps growing!