Saturday, November 11, 2017

COTTON GIN FESTIVAL PARADE

Ever heard of a cotton gin? Cotton farmers take their cotton to them to get the seeds taken out. Not many of them around now, not like fifty years ago.

But last week, we went to a festival celebrating them. The parade was mostly tractors. All kinds of tractors. Old tractors, new tractors, high tractors, low tractors, red tractors, green tractors...

They must have come from every little town in the vicinity. And the drivers ranged from weather-beaten farmers to mothers/fathers/grandparents with children to Santa Claus himself. Here are some pix my guy took:



The line stretched on forever, it seemed. For over an hour we watched tractors, some pulling trailers with people. There were also cotton pickers, pickup trucks; and a few horse groups:


The crowd was large. I couldn't believe so many people turned out to see a bunch of farmers driving their tractors through the little town of Bostwick! This was just before the parade started:


And this was about halfway through the parade. By that time, I was wishing I had someone's shoulders to sit on!


Afterward, we saw people walking around with stalks of cotton and discovered a nearby field was open for picking. We were tired and we've picked cotton before, so we skipped this part.

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People lined up to tour the cotton gin even though it wouldn't start working till an hour or so later. We were too pooped to wait, but my guy did go through the empty building.


Oh, and I naturally found something good to eat. This funnel cake was one of the best I've had!


Small town festivals! You've got to love 'em!

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    1. Never saw so many tractors in one place!

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  2. This looks like great fun !
    You are lucky/smart you picked a great town to live in.
    How is the new kattie doing ?

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. There seems to be something going on all the time here. And BK (for Black Kitty, or Beautiful Kitty, or Best Kitty, or Bad Kitty!) is a lot more active than we expected!

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