Known as the “Kaolin Capital of the World,” for more 50 years Washington County has celebrated its heritage with an annual Kaolin Festival as people from all parts of the world gather to enjoy arts, crafts, antiques, music, food and a parade.
The county had its first Kaolin Festival in the fall of 1956, a celebration that has endured. In that first festival, chaired by Howard Sheppard, numerous events were sponsored, including a golf tournament, fishing rodeo, banquet, kaolin plant tours, street dance and parade.
The announcement about the first festival read, “Because of the importance of the kaolin industry in Washington County and the part it has played in the economy and social development of the county, Sandersville city officials and Sandersville High School are planning a festival in honor of this industry. T.C. Carr, Mayor of Sandersville, has proclaimed the week of November 11-16, 1956, as Washington County Kaolin Festival Week.”
The festival is staged in October each year and activities are spread out over a week and include a Ms. Kaolin Festival, arts and crafts a parade and the county fair.
For more information, please click on the Kaolin Festival button below to be redirected to the Washington County Website. Then click on the link in the lower right-hand corner of their site.