Milledgevilles Deep Roots Festival packs a lot of punch into its one-day event.
Lots of activities for all different types, said Carlee Schulte, director of Milledgeville Main Street, which hosts the festival.
There will be arts and crafts, live music, a kids activity area, a Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned cooking contest, a car show and a charity bicycle ride.
Weve got many arts and crafts vendors and its all handcrafted items, Schulte said. Our kids zone will be decked out like it always is with lots of jumpies and things for the kids to do.
The festival starts Saturday at 10 a.m. in downtown Milledgeville. Admission is $5 until 5 p.m. for ages 4 and older, and then admission goes to $15 after 5 p.m.
While the festival officially starts Saturday, teams hoping to win the barbecue competition will get started Friday night. Deep Roots will be awarding more than $7,000 in prizes, Schulte said.
The competitors will not be selling their barbecue, but festival-goers will have a chance to sample some of the meat Saturday as part of a Peoples Choice competition.
Youll get to chose your favorite, Schulte said. Well also be selling barbecue plates.
The Old Capitol Car Club will be holding its annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show in conjunction with Deep Roots, and cars will be on display on the streets around the main festival area. The group has 60 awards to hand out to car owners who participate.
There also will be a charity bicyle ride, which starts Saturday at 9 a.m. and has options for a 15-, 30-, 50- or 75-mile loop. Participants will get free admission to the other festival events.
The car show, kids zone and arts and crafts will close at 6 p.m. The music and food will continue until the events closing at midnight.
Weve got some really good up and coming bands that are going to be playing, Schulte said.
The live music starts at 3 p.m. with a show by Americana band Mayview Road.
The headline band, the Givers, will play at 10:15 p.m. Described as an indie pop group, the Givers was named one of the Ten Acts That Rocked South by Southwest in 2011 and performed this year at Coachella and Lollapalooza.
The bands first album, In Light, features the single Up Up Up, which was performed on the TV show Glee in April and is in a Windows 8 advertisement.
Other music acts include Chris Thomas King, the Eclective and Dangermuffin.
This is the ninth year of the festival, which originally was called Sweetwater. The name was changed in 2008 to avoid confusion with the Sweetwater Brewing Co., which is located in Georgia.
Milledgeville didnt have a festival and it was a good thing to start to bring economic development to the downtown area and the entire community, Schulte said of the festivals start.
Deep Roots Festival
When: 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday
Where: Square block of downtown Milledgeville at Wayne, Greene, Jefferson and McIntosh streets. Admission gates will be at each of the corners and the intersections with Hancock Street.
Cost: $5 before 5 p.m. for ages 4 and older, and $15 after 5 p.m.