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Ricefest Saturday in Riceboro
Clarence Carter to Perform
Riceboro's 10th Anniversary Ricefest is Saturday.

Riceboro residents and visitors will gather in the city again Saturday to celebrate the 10th annual RiceFest.

Events have been ongoing and the Homecoming Dance and Social is Friday evening. The big day, however, is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event pays homage to the history and people of Riceboro, while providing a fun, family-friendly festival for the coastal region.

Eventgoers will experience food, music and history of the Gullah/Geechee people whose ancestors once worked on rice plantations in Liberty County.

"RiceFest Day is an annual event that has a parade, rice cook-off, vendor row, kids zone and musical entertainment," said Councilmember Chris Stacy, 2016 RiceFest chairman. "Each year this event is held the second Saturday of November and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. We expect 3,000 to 4,0000 people to be here Saturday, even though we’ve had other events to celebrate Riceboro, like the pageant, GospelFest and homecoming dance."

This year’s theme is "City of Gold: Celebrating the Golden Years."

Saturday schedule:

9 a.m. Parade

10 Opening ceremony

10:15 Food and vendor booths open

10:50 Gospel music performance by First African Baptist Church Male Choir

11 Dance performance by Abeni Dancers

11:30 Monologue by Luciria Luckey-Lovette

11:45 Door prize drawings

Noon Presentation by historian Dr. Jamal Toure

12:30 p.m. R&B music performance by American Idol Season 13 contestant Jordan Brisbane

1 Awards for rice cook-off, essay contest and Miss Liberty RiceFest

1:30 Youth showcase by Inspiration Dance Studio

1:45 Blues music performance by Mike Shaver and Ripped Pocket

2:15 Gospel music performance by Nu Direction

2:45 Contemporary gospel music performance by national recording artist Ernest Pugh

3:15 Door prize drawings

3:30 Blues and soul music performance by national recording artist Clarence Carter

4:30 Food and vendor booths close

5 p.m. Event ends

RiceFest is sponsored by the city of Riceboro, Interstate Paper, SNF Holding, P.C. Simonton and Associates, Malinda Graham and Associates, PKP, ESG Operations and Seven Ministries.

For more information, visit or call Stacy at 912-695-0481.

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