Come to the Grits Festival, enjoy delicious food from more than 10 food vendors and great entertainment all day long, and compete in our contests for chances to win hundreds of dollars!
7:30-9 AM: Join us for a Delicious Grits Breakfast with Striplings Famous Sausage served at the Warwick Lion’s Club Kitchen (Hwy 313 to Schoolhouse Rd, 2 blocks from Downtown Square) $5.00 Donation.
8:00 AM: 5K run starting at the Warwick Lions Club. $25 entry fee.
Throughout the morning, transportation will be available from the Lions Club Grounds to Downtown Warwick or just enjoy the two block walk. There will be plenty of free parking (Baptist and Methodist Churches and Lion’s Club Grounds)—no entry fee anywhere. Bring your lawn chair.
9 AM GOOD MORNING WARWICK: Downtown festivities and announcements begin at the Gazebo. Food and Craft Vendors open for business on the downtown square. Let’s keep them busy!
9-10AM: It’s time to turn in those mouth-watering Grits Dishes for the Grits Cook-off. Bring your dishes to the Warwick Community Center (across from the Gazebo). No entry fee. $250 1st place, $150 2nd place, $75 3rd place.
9:30 AM: Welcome the little ones from Worth County Primary School. They will be performing under the direction of Ms. Patricia Welch. Sharing this one-hour slot will be the Worth County Elementary School Children under the direction of Mr. David Oxford. This should be a real treat for everyone.
10:00 AM: Join us for the Grits Cook-Off Tasters’ Choice competition. Tickets will be sold for $1 each at the Community Center. Taste the dishes and vote for your favorite. Buy all of the tickets you wish; vote as often as you wish. Winners will be announced at the Gazebo after the Midday Ceremonies.
10:30 AM: GRITS EATING CONTEST at the Gazebo–Come hungry and win cash, three age categories. Sign up at the flatbed trailer beside the Gazebo. During this time, we will welcome the Worth County Middle School under the direction of Ms. Leslie Holton.
11:00 AM: Mr. Jeff Davis brings his Gospel Band to Warwick–join us at the Gazebo for a great musical extravaganza.
12 NOON: Midday Ceremony at the Gazebo:
Welcome: Co-Chairwoman of the Festival, Mayor Juanita Kinchen
Presentation of Arms: Worth County High School JROTC
Pledge to Flag: Abbie Shiver
National Anthem: Whitney Coleman Scanling
Prayer: Andy Murdock
Announcement of Cook-Off Winners: Ms. Willie Ragan
Parade of Vehicles through downtown – Floats welcome!
1:00 PM: CORN SHELLING CONTEST. At the gazebo, cash prizes.
2:00 PM: THE GRITS PIT: Beside Fishes and Loaves. Hope you brought a change of clothing. This place gets wild. Three age categories. Hundreds of dollars in cash prizes. Sign up at the Pit.
2:00 PM: Country musician Matt Johnson will be providing entertainment for this one-hour slot.
3:00 PM: The Gospel Travelers will be providing entertainment starting at this time until the end of the festival at 4:00 PM.