The 22nd annual Alabama Cotton Festival will pack downtown Eclectic, Ala. for concerts, contests, delicious food and arts and crafts from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
Vendors will line Main Street with a wide variety of delectable food and unique wares, as local dancers strut their stuff, 'Bama's best bands play live and lovely ladies vie for the coveted tiaras of Alabama's Cotton Queens.
The festival also features a variety of contests, including a car show, photography and art contests and the annual taste-off to see who can bake the best Sweet Treat. Registration forms for each contest can be found either in the front lobby of the Eclectic Municipal Building at 145 Main Street in Eclectic, or by printing out a form from this space and mailing it to town clerk Deborah Rowe.
This year's events include:
A fun-filled Kids Zone that is absolutely free of charge to youngsters. There will be inflatables, lovable animals, pony rides, puppet shows, face painting and much more.
Dozens of classic cars will be on display along Main Street, and festival goers can admire the spotless automobiles and even get to know the dedicated men and women who restored them.To show a vehicle in the exhibition, call Art Hathcock (334-541-4429 and Joey Cummings (c) 315-2163.
Coordinator of the Sweet Treats contest is Christy Garrett, who can be reached at email@example.com, or 303-2334.
Eclectic's history as a hub of the River Region's cotton industry will be exhibited in the Alabama Cotton Museum, which will feature various artifcacts and exhibits detailing the way King Cotton helped put Eclectic on the map. Organizers are Jean Pearson and Tessie Fuller.
The crown of Alabama Cotton Queen will be awarded to lovely young ladies of a variety of age groups that morning in the Eclectic Warehouse on Main Street. The contest coordinator is Wanda Hart. For more information on entering a young lady in the pageant, call town hall at 334-541-4429.
Art Show and Contest coordinator is Mindy Buckley. The exhibit will feature an eclectic range of artistic efforts in a variety of categories, including best work using or referencing cotton. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Photo Contest coordinator is Marie Powell, who can be reached at marie.powell@elmore.K12.al.us.
There will be a variety of musical acts throughout the day, culminating with the Josh Brannon Band, a unique blend of rock and country known for its high-energy performances. The Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based band delivers knock-you-in-the-gut vocals, powerful three-part harmonies and cleverly arranged fiddle and guitar work.
"The group deserves every bit of recognition that has come its way lately," according to one reviewer.