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October 15, 2013

Cotton pickin’ good time

Corsicana — The Ninth Cotton Harvest Festival will go on, rain or shine, but there will be plenty to see and do, regardless of the weather the weekend brings.

The events will start with the opening of the carnival at 6 p.m. Friday.

At 9:30 Saturday morning, the Coyote Squadron will do a fly-over downtown Kerens, followed by a helicopter and then the raising of the American flag.

“Then we kick off our festival,” said Pamela Carroll, president of this year’s Cotton Harvest Festival.

The Kerens event is the only fundraiser for the town’s public library.

“It’s unbelievable how much response we’ve gotten,” Carroll said.

New to the festival this year is a tractor pull, with more than 200 sleds already signed up; a classic car show; an ice-cream churn-off competition, with a $200 first prize; and a scarecrow-making contest, with a $75 Visa card as first prize and no entrance fee.

The tractor pull will begin around 10 a.m. Saturday at the baseball fields at the end of Colkett Street.

The festival also celebrates the town’s cotton heritage with tours of the cotton gin; a display of older cotton harvesting equipment, and some veteran farmers who can explain the pieces; a cotton trailer for kids to play in, and of course, the cotton museum.

“Our theme this year is ‘come on out for a cotton-picking good time,’” Carroll said. “We’re really promoting cotton, and we’re selling cotton-blossom honey this year.”

The festival will also include some of the attractions from last year, including a chili cook-off, horseshoe tournament, pony rides, and a street dance.

Musical entertainment will be featured throughout the day Saturday, with Ira Bradford and Bustin’ Loose wrapping up the night with the street dance starting at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tethered hot-air balloon rides will be offered for $10 each around dusk on Saturday.

In addition, there will be dozens of vendors selling items and food in downtown Kerens.

Weather forecasts call for a 50 percent chance of rain on Friday, but only a 10 percent chance of rain on Saturday. Regardless of what happens with the weather, the festival will go on, Carroll said.

“We’re still having the festival even if it rains, but it wouldn’t dare,” she said.

Admission to the Cotton Harvest Festival is free. Individual activities, such as the ice cream churn-off, do have some fees associated with them. For more information on the various competitions and activities, go to the festival’s website: www.kerenscottonharvestfestival.com.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “sound off” to this article? E-mail: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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