Vidalia Onion Festival, Vidalia, Georgia
Three hours southeast of Atlanta off I-16, 90 minutes from Macon and 90 minutes northwest of Savannah, Vidalia, known as the “Sweet Onion City,” celebrates the arrival of sweet onions each spring with the Vidalia Onion Festival. While in town for the Festival, shop historic downtown and visit area attractions, including the Ladson Genealogical Library, a treasure containing more than 30,000 books, pamphlets, manuscripts, periodicals, and microfilm. Pick out a souvenir perfect for travels at the Tumi Factory Store. Step back in time at the Altama Museum of Art and History, a 1911 neoclassic-style Brazell House, home to a more than 260-piece Libby Collection of Staffordshire porcelain. Build memories with a wagon ride through Buckhorn Creek Ranch – home to a herd of domestic and exotic animals such as bison, camel, red deer, and many more. Churn butter, beat biscuits, make cornhusk dolls, enjoy toe-tapping old-time music, and say “how-do” to friendly goats and mules at the Montgomery County Historic Village. For festival information go to VidaliaOnionFestival.com.
Fast Facts and Trivia
- The Vidalia Onion Festival has been featured on The Food Network, recognized as one of the Five Don’t-Miss Festivals Across the U.S. by MSNBC and is a long-time Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.
- “Comin’ to Your City” Headlining the 39th Annual Vidalia Onion Festival is Grammy nominated, triple-platinum country music duo, Big & Rich. Their 5 albums have all reached the top 10 on US country charts and have produced a total of 11 Top 40 hits. Their first big hit was “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)”. Other hits include “Lost in this Moment”, the Vietnam War-inspired “8th of November”, “Look at You”, “Runaway With You” and “Comin’ to Your City”, which is nearing a decade as the theme song for ESPN’s “College Game Day”. Their latest single “Lovin’ Lately” (featuring Tim McGraw) was released in January 2016 on country radio and has experienced the most successful debut the duo has ever had. Cowboy Troy will also join Big & Rich on stage.
- Opening up for Big and Rich, is another national act with a #1 country music hit, A Thousand Horses. Their single “Smoke” released last year quickly shot to the #1 spot. This song had the highest debut by any new act on the Country Aircheck radio chart. The band’s sound has been compared to the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers and the Black Crowes. Their current album “Southernality” already has another successful single “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial”, and has reached as high as #22 on country radio. A Thousand Horses is currently on tour with Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett.
- Concert Tickets available online at www.vidaliaonionfestival.com or at https://www.freshtix.com/events/vidalia-onion-festival-big-and-rich . $10 Advance tickets are refundable (minus the process fee) if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather. $30 VIP tickets online will include access to the front stage VIP area, special VIP parking and VIP restrooms. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance, not available at gate. General Admission at gate is $15.
- Sweeten Up! There are ample opportunities to experience the famous onion! Participate or watch the “Onion Eating Contest” at the Arts & Crafts pavilion; enjoy it battered and fried at the downtown information booth; experience a true 1880s Cowboy Cattle Drive Camp at the 3rd annual Chuckwagon Cook-off – lunch plates are available for sale in advance; or visit the Vidalia Onion Recipe Contest and Tasting in the Vidalia Community Center.
- Vidalia® Onions are the pioneer of sweet onions and Georgia’s official state vegetable. Grown only in the mild climate and unique soil surrounding Vidalia, Ga., they’re loved by chefs and home cooks throughout the world. Learn more at the Vidalia Onion Museum.
- Because Vidalia Onions are sweetly unique, farmers united and sought legal protection of their crop and its name. Federal Marketing Order No. 955 was established in 1989 to stipulate how and where the crop can be grown and sold.