Cotton Pickin’ Fair gearing up for weekend

by Bradley Hartsell

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Delicious hot boiled-in-the-husk corn is among the food offerings at the Cotton Pickin’ Fair this weekend. 


Gay, Ga.’s biggest event of the year returns this weekend for its 78th year on Oct. 5 and 6.

The Cotton Pickin’ Fair has become renowned for its downhome focus, drawing people from counties away to take part in the festivities. Every year, there’s a wide selection of food, music, crafts and arts and crafts.

The fair is named after the old cotton gins that dominated Meriwether County. The county no longer produces cotton but the cotton gin warehouses on the grounds are available to walk through. Those old gins are just one of the many ties to historical Georgia that makes the Cotton Pickin’ Fair so popular. Many festivals have spanned decades, and many are successful because of it. But what makes the Fair a phenomenon is how the history is so easy to see all throughout the festival.

The entertainment schedule for this weekend’s Cotton Pickin’ Fair includes:

Saturday – Oct. 5

9:00 Due South Band – Bluegrass

9:30 Fayette Fiddlers

10:00 Simply Unique Cloggers

10:30 Rachel’s Cloggers

11:15 Cimarron Dancers

11:45 Rachel’s Line Dancers

12:30 Due South Band – Bluegrass

1:30 Rachel’s Elite Cloggers

2:15 Rachel’s Elite Line Dancers

3:00 Pike County Players

4:00 Due South Band – Bluegrass

Sunday – Oct. 6

8:15 Gospel Music

8:30 Church Service with Rev. Jonathan Porter

10:30 Due South Band – Bluegrass

11:30 $200 Shopping Spree Drawing –must be present to win

11:35 Trent Ewing - Country

12:35 Due South Band – Bluegrass

1:35 Trent Ewing - Country

2:05 Georgia Peach Cloggers

2:35 Three Way Calling - Gospel

3:05 Georgia Peach Cloggers

3:35 Autumn Clark – Gospel, country

4:00 Due South Band – Bluegrass

Other entertainment includes:

Peter Hart, Puppeteer at the Puppet Theater

The Honey Creek Boys at the Cotton Scale Stage

Jeff Hicks, Magician, at the Magic Show Theater

"FDR", Historical Re- re-enactor Robert Prater, Saturday near the 1891 House

It's just $7 to enter the grounds; $3 for children ages 7-12 and children ages 6 and younger get in free. Pets are not allowed.

The fair is at 18830 Ga. 85 in Gay. Call 706-538-6814 for more information.



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