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Cornhole and Tractors: Georgia's Jug Tavern Festival

By Elisha Neubauer

Georgia's Jug Tavern Festival features barbeque, craft vendors, a 5K, a tractor and car show, live music, fireworks, kids' activities, and more. April Furman, City Clerk, says, "The Jug Tavern Festival attracts people from all over, but of course, our local community is a large part of the attendance as it's something they look forward to all year."

The festival has been operating under the name Jug Tavern Festival since 2009, replacing the 15-year old Chautauqua Festival. In 2010, members of the police department had the idea of adding a barbeque competition in order to bring a larger viewership to the event. Over 42 cook teams traveled to the festival from Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to participate.

The newly named Jug Tavern Festival picked up steam after the inclusion of the barbeque cook-off competition, with an approximated visitor count of 15,000 over the course of the two day event. The steady incline in festival attendance caused the City of Winder to rethink some of the events.

Despite the successfulness of the barbeque cook-off competition, the city decided to remove it- making way for competitions and activities that the general public could participate in.

These events include a Cornhole Tournament, hosted by Greg Howard of Georgia's American Cornhole Organization, and more nationally recognized music artists for the live performances. April Furman, city clerk, says, "We wanted to be able to provide festival-goers an opportunity to participate in the festival directly (hence the Cornhole tournament). Cornhole is a popular pastime; a time of fellowship and fun, and it was important for us to be able to provide this to our community."

While some may be disappointed in the cancellation of the barbeque cook-off competition, the removal allows for more people to directly connect with the festival activities.

The festival continues to gain popularity as each year passes. According to Furman, "The Festival will offer three separate tournaments over the two-day festival: two blind draw, individual entry tournaments, and one team tournament. The Cornhole Tournament will give cash prizes based on participation."

If there weren't enough reasons before to visit the Jug Tavern Festival, the revised activities should help finalize your decision to attend. In fact, you can do more than attend- grab some friends, co-workers, or just yourself, and register to participate in the very first tournament. What do you have to lose?

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