MILLEDGEVILLE — The Kitchens family moved just across the county line from Jones County to Baldwin County in 1903, where the home place remained in the family for more than 100 years.
Bobby Kitchens remembers when his grandfather purchased the then 200-acre property. Pecan and pair trees still standing are more than 100 years old.
Hard work and simple country living were mainstays for the Kitchenses. A mule named Rat helped raise the current relatives.
“We came up on a farm. There wasn't any going to the grocery store,” Kitchens said.
The mule plowed the family land, where the main crops were cotton, corn, watermelon, sweet potatoes and sugar cane. This large family garden nourished everyone during the spring and summer, as well as to preserve food for the winter.
Remembering the country life led the Kitchens family to the festival route last year.
The Kitchens Road Old Time Family Festival began as the last remaining festival of its kind.
The Kitchens family wanted to keep the country festivals alive, so people could have a place to go and visit with friends and family. The festival allows everyone to make new friends and memories as well as to let the kids learn about the way of the farm life.
“That was the compliment last year. People liked being out in the country and good, clean family fun,” Kitchens said.
The second edition returns next weekend, Nov. 9-10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The family said thousands came through the grounds last year, but many still missed out.
Grace Albrycht said flyers and shirts should help get the word out this time.
“Really, a lot of people didn't know about the festival last year until it was over,” Albrycht said.
Mainly, the festival organizers concentrate on Baldwin, Jones, Putnam, Wilkinson and Hancock counties.
Antique tractors, cars and sawmill equipment are sure to intrigue visitors.