The eighth annual Ricefest starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 in downtown Riceboro.
The parade is the first event of the day, and the festival runs until 5 p.m. Ricefest is free and open to the public.
Cuba Gooding and The Main Ingredient will perform a set that includes some of their greatest hits, such as “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely,” “Everybody Plays the Fool,” “I’m So Proud” and “Happiness is Just Around the Bend.” Other entertainment will be provided by Phatt Katz Production’s Inc.
The festival celebrates Geechee culture, and Ricefest organizers expect a large crowd. Typically, the event draws local attendees as well as residents from the Georgia, South Carolina and northern Florida coasts.
“This festival has become a great annual event for our local community and visitors. We know a lot of people from out of town who are starting to plan their vacations around Ricefest,” Riceboro Councilman Chris Stacy said. “We’re thankful for our hardworking staff that has helped put Ricefest together and for the support of Mayor Austin and the city council. We’ve made improvements and have additional space for exhibitors and performers this year, so we hope all of Liberty County will come celebrate with us.”
The festival includes a parade, rice cook-off, Friday night “homecoming” concert, talent and step show, and the Miss Ricefest Pageant. The festival also features food made with rice, which is a staple in the Gullah-Geechee culture, historical exhibits and demonstrations, local entertainment, and hourly prize giveaways.
The Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau is an event sponsor. For more information, go to www.ricebororicefest.com.