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The Frederick Chamber is gearing up for its 11th annual Cotton Festival scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3. There will be activities throughout the entire day which include the Chili Cook-Off, Cow Patty Bingo, cotton pageants, Cotton Gin Tour, Corn Hole Tournament and much more
The Chili Cook-Off will begin at 11 a.m. With a $7 ticket you can sample each team’s chili entry. Ticket holders will then vote for their favorite team by placing their ticket in the tub, and then enjoying a bowl full of chili of their choice. Chili tickets can be purchased from the pageant contestants or from the Chamber Booth.
There are a number of vendors who will be offering all sorts of goods, including candles, jewelry, gifts and clothing. For more information about vendor spaces contact the Chamber. A petting zoo will be on the northeast corner of the Courthouse square with the bounce houses from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Little Miss Cotton Boll and Maid of Cotton Pageants will begin at 1 p.m. These young girls will entertain us and show off their cotton outfits while demonstrating their knowledge of this vital Tillman County crop. The pageants are held near the Pioneer Townsite Museum Complex.
There will also be a cotton gin tour of Tillman Producers Cotton Gin leaving from the courthouse at 11:15 a.m. Hop aboard a shuttle bus and learn about the fascinating process that Cotton goes through from the fields to the factories. This tour is free to the public but will fill up fast so make your reservation at the Chamber booth.
New this year will be a Corn Hole Tournament at the southwest corner. Entry is $20 per team with registration starting at 9:30 a.m., bags fly at 10 a.m. This is a doubles event with a 50% pay out.
The Chamber will also be selling tickets to Cow Patty Bingo. The winner of this odd game will receive $200 in Chamber Bucks. Tickets are $5 or 5 for $20 and available from Chamber Board members or the day of the event. The winner is selected at the discretion of the dairy cow.
After the Cotton Festival, head out to the Frederick Rodeo Arena for the third annual Big Pasture Ranch Rodeo to begin at 2:30 p.m. Admission is a canned food item for the local Food Bank or toy for the local Toys for Tots organization.
Ranch teams from around the US will compete in team sorting, team doctoring, wild cow milking and calf branding. In addition, there will be a ranch horse competition starting at 9 a.m., goat roping at 3 p.m. and a barn dance following the rodeo with the Chris Shackelford Band. The events are sponsored by the Tri-County Cattlemen’s Association. For more information contact Ethan Treadwell at 580-335-1013.
For more information please contact the Frederick Chamber office at 580-335-2126. To stay clued in on all the Cotton Festival excitement, follow the Facebook Event Page or check out www.frederickokchamber.org/cotton_fest.html.