MAX is a proud sponsor of the Fourth Annual Great Grits Cook-Off and Festival!  

The day will include live music, bounce houses, bungee jumping, arts and crafts vendors and a whole lot of grits and will benefit the Prattville YMCA Coach-a-Child Scholarship Fund. The Coach-a-Child Scholarship Fund allows the YMCA to bless the lives of so many who could not otherwise afford the privilege of participating in Y programs.

The day will kick-off with the Nitty Gritty 5K Race and Fun Run. The race will begin and end on the campus of the Willis Bradford branch of the Prattville YMCA, and will take you through the Silver Hills neighborhood in east Prattville. The 5K will be a chip-timed event for all runners. Immediate results will be posted and accurate timing is guaranteed! Medals awarded to 5K runners. The cookoff & festival will include the Nitty Gritty 5K and Fun Run. The race will begin at 8:00 AM and feature awards for all ages.  The completion of the race will coincide with the opening of the grits festival.  You can register for the race at For more information about the race and fun run contact Keith Cantrell at 334.365.8852.

After the runs, the Great Grits Cook-Off and Festival will begin. The festival includes a cooking competition of businesses, churches, restaurants and individuals for the best grits recipe. The cooking competition will be judged on taste, presentation and originality. In addition, a “People’s Choice Award” will be presented to the team that receives the most votes (dollar bills) by those attending. Prizes will be awarded in each category.

Some of MAX's best chefs will be adding flavor to the competition! Come out and support MAX in the cook-off competition! Also, MAX team members will be participating in the 5K race and the fun run. The Nitty Gritty 5K starts at 8:00 a.m. and the Fun Run starts at 9:00 a.m. 

For more information, visit The Great Grits Cook-Off and Festival website