Festival History and "Rat" the mule by Bobby Kitchens
Walter Monroe Kitchens was my grandfather and he acquired this land somewhere around 1903. He planted fruit trees all around which many still stand today.
My father W.M. Kitchens raised more than fruit trees he raised children two boys and six daughters. He purchased a mule off a mule train which stopped in Coopers. The mule was named "Rat" and my daddy thought more of him than all of us children.
He would tell people that Rat fed his entire family and I guess he was right. My daddy told the story that Rat came up from Texas and had killed his previous owner. He had markings on him to warn people that he was dangerous.
One day our dog, a Pit Bull, jumped up and locked down on Rat's nose and mouth, Rat just leaned down to the ground and stomped that dog to death. Don't mess with Rat.
If you have been around the festival or seen the billboards or T-shirts you've already met Rat the mule. He's the face of the festival because he meant so much to our father just seeing Rat brings back memories. The festival is a whole lot about remembering.
One Sunday in 2010 I was cutting the grass out here and when I finished I sat on the mower and just thought how beautiful and peaceful it was. I couldn't stop thinking about how this would be a perfect place to bring our family and friends together and enjoy God's Beautiful spot he blessed us with.
We had several get-togethers here and finally I lost my mind and called Randy Newton. We
brainstormed on what it would take to have a festival. Never dreaming of how much time, money and work it would take just to do the first one.
Well it's been a roller coaster ride since our first year in 2012, but we wouldn't trade any of the experiences, the friends we've made, or all the hard word that has brought us here. 2017 is our "Sixth Annual Kitchens Road Old Time Family Festival". Family and Friends talking, remembering, laughing and making new memories. That's "Kitchens Road".
Friday, Oct 23, 2020 at 8:00pm Eastern Time
Monday, Oct 26, 2020 at 7:00pm Eastern Time
Online via Zoom
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 at 5:30pm Eastern Time
Streaming online via One Day University