Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mark Your Calendars! The Cotton Pickin' Fair is Oct 3rd and 4th

Awards and accolades follow The Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay, GA. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue recently announced that the Georgia Tourism Foundation selected The Cotton Pickin’ Fair as a Founding Producer of Distinction in the Georgia Made, Georgia Grown Creative Economies Initiative. Also, The Cotton Pickin’ Fair was again selected from over 500 regional events to represent the best of thirteen southeastern states as a Southeast Tourism Society Top Twenty Event.

Join us on October 3 & 4, 2009 in Gay, Georgia, on the old Gay Family Farm, a unique 1910 era venue where 300 skilled artisans from across the North America deliver the best fine pottery, weaving, sculpture, woodcarving, painting, jewelry, and other forms of innovative talent.

The Cotton Pickin’ Fair’s 100 year old buildings, regional southern food prepared right before your eyes, exciting entertainers on six rustic stages, and talented craftsmen and artists uniquely combine for a memorable family event. Many of your favorite artisans return to their usual locations, but new and exciting are our watch words… South Carolina Fiber Artist, Lynn Shore, knits her fashionable purses, shawls, and ponchos in brightly colored yarns, to produce the perfect accessory for a fall wardrobe. Sepia-tone photographs of rural cotton fields by Ron Rocz of Charleston, SC, evoke an image of an earlier era while Sisters, Sarah Erwin and Jennifer Garis, one from North Carolina, the other from the Washington state, have perfected their Grandmother’s jam and jelly recipes just for you.

Sit on a bale of hay or on a bench for awhile. Enjoy music, folk dancing, and Peter Hart’s lively marionettes. The Cotton Scale, originally used for weighing mule-drawn cotton wagons, is home to foot stomping blue grass music and the Hammermill Stage, once part of the cattle feed lot, hosts regional musicians, and dancers. Jeff Hicks will amaze you with dazzling magic tricks under a majestic White Oak Tree.

Arrive with an appetite and support the programs of more than 20 non-profit, civic-minded partner organizations, churches and schools. They bake, fry, broil, boil, steam, and stew delicious southern foods, for breakfast, lunch, and supper at The Cotton Pickin’ Fair.

While in Gay visit our friends at QC Arena, for an action packed rodeo experience as members of the Georgia High School Rodeo Association compete on Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 PM. And, Georgia Quail Hunting is at its best on Big Red Oak Plantation, .

As a Southeast Tourism Top Twenty Event, The Cotton Pickin’ Fair is certain to make a fun-filled day for you and your family. Hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 & 4, 2009; admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, ages 4 to 12. For additional information and driving directions to The Cotton Pickin’ Fair - Gay, Georgia, visit
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