Thomasville Times Enterprise


January 15, 2013

Collards and Cornbreak Cook-off slated

The Christmas tree, garland and boughs of holly have been packed away for another year. Now it’s time to celebrate the new year with a different variety of greenery — collard greens.

The Americus Times-Recorder and the Americus Rotary Club are teaming up to sponsor the first Collards and Cornbread Cook-Off on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lenny’s Market in downtown Americus.

Collards, a cool-season crop grown here in the South, are traditionally part of the New Year’s Day celebration and are usually served with black-eyed peas and cornbread. The black-eyed peas are thought to bring a person good luck while the collards represent wealth in the new year. According to some traditions, cornbread represents gold money or pocket change; it’s also good for sopping up pot liquor from the collards.

ATR Publisher Tom Overton enjoys cooking and eating collards. One day while driving around Sumter County and seeing all the patches of collard greens, he thought “Why don’t we start the new year with a collard cooking contest?”

The Americus Rotary Club agreed to co-sponsor the event and proceeds will benefit the club’s scholarship program.

“We invite everyone to come out and enjoy an afternoon of fun and good cooking, while also supporting a worthy cause,” said Rotary President Carey Harbuck.

The contest is open to amateur and professional cooks. A panel of local and celebrity judges will judge the contest beginning at 1 p.m. Attendees can pay $5 to sample and cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Cornbread and other victuals will be available for those who might not enjoy the unique taste of the collard green.

The winner in the professional division will receive the official 2013 Collards Cook-Off Champ plaque and bragging rights for his or her restaurant. The winner of the amateur division will win a $100 gift certificate. The entry fee is $25 for amateurs and $50 for professional.

Set-up will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. Contestants may begin cooking on site at that time or they can cook their food off-site. Booths must be ready by 9:30 a.m.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

n 11 a.m., market begins

n Noon, live music

n 1 p.m., collards judging/tasting begins

n 2 p.m., judging ends

n 2:30 p.m., Collards Cook-Off winners announced

n 4 p.m., market closes

Contest details and cooking regulations are available at the Americus Times-Recorder office or at the Tourism Council Office in City Hall. For more information, contact Tourism Director Angie Singletary at (229) 928-6059 or email 

Text Only
grady fire

Only a shell of the 1909 Grady County Courthouse remained after the 1980 fire.

Local News

Pictured from left are Wilma Kelley, DAR Membership Committee, Thomasville Chapter NSDAR; Florence Harrell, Charlotte Brown, Carol Lehman and Cheryl Mills, new DAR members of the Thomasville Chapter NSDAR; and Melody Porter, DAR registrar, Thomasville Chapter NSDAR.

Calendar of events
Local Sports
Business Marquee
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter


Do you believe Israel's invasion of Gaza is justified?

     View Results
NDN Video
GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" Trailer is Here! Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years