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Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival Set For This Saturday Featuring Texas Artist Josh Ward

Here are some interesting facts behind the first ever Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival on the Square in Cooper, Texas.

“A cotton bale contains enough cotton to produce more than 313,000 $100 bills or more than 1,200 men’s T-shirts. In 2016, the U.S. produced over 15.8 million bales of cotton (per USDA-NASS). Cotton is responsible for about $27 billion in revenue for U.S. businesses – with total benefit to the U.S. economy estimated near $100 billion annually,” as per Ag101 Facebook.

So the Delta County Chamber of Commerce in coordination with the Economic Development Corporation decided it was time to celebrate the heritage this county has.

“Change is hard (especially after 20 years), but we needed to bring life back into the fall event,” said Delta County Chamber Board President Kathy Houchins, a lifetime Delta Countian. “The Chiggerfest was special, but it is time for a change.”

Everyone is invited join the first annual Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival on the Square in Cooper, Texas on Saturday, Oct. 8. This daylong event will feature a 5K run, Lions Club pancake breakfast, cotton ginning demonstrations, huge carnival with lots of rides and games for the kids, dunking booth, LiSher Dancers, cotton bales on display and a first bale auction with lots of other great auction items, over dozen food vendors with funnel cakes, snow cones, brisket sandwiches, corny dogs, pizza, hamburgers and burritos as well as lots of other craft and merchandise vendors including a beer garden in the evening from 6-10 p.m., live music all day by 2 Gun Justice, Dewayne Stailey, Dusty Newman and from America’s Got Talent - Kadie Lynn and highlighted by Texas Country Artist Josh Ward will take the stage at 8 p.m.! All concerts will be FREE!

“We have over 30 craft and merchandise vendors as well as over dozen food vendors already registered to fill the West and South Sides of the Square,” said Houchins. “The main stage will be located on the North Side of the Square with live music and entertainment all day and night Saturday. We are expecting beautiful weather and a wonderful crowd.”

The community recently spruced up the Square and Gazebo with fresh flowers, paint and has the memorial fountain working again with lights.

“Many volunteers, city workers and the inmate work crew helped revive the Square along with generous donations,” added Houchins, very proud of how it now looks.

Keep the children and children at heart entertained with the many carnival rides and games that will be on the East Side of the Square. Advanced arm bands for Friday night (10-midnight) carnival - $8,  Advanced arm bands for Saturday carnival - $15, Arm bands at the gate Friday - $10, Arm bands at the gate Saturday - $20 – for “all you can ride.” Individual tickets will not be sold in advance, only at gate - $1 per ticket (ALL RIDES will be 1 ticket).

The Fifth Quarter event Friday night invites all the Cooper Bulldog Homecoming fans to the Square for wholesome family fun with entertainment by Kindlin with carnival rides by Hip Hop Amusement until midnight.

There will also be a dunking booth provided by the Cotton Harvest Festival. Start making a list of those folks who might need a good soaking! Check out this promo video provided by the Cooper Review.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIw0sXAe5s4

To sign up for this amazing event call the Delta County Chamber of Commerce at 903-395-4314 go the website (which is mobile friendly) at: http://www.deltacounty.org/events.html

For more information on the event go to:  http://www.deltacountyed.com/delta-county-cotton-harvest-festival.html.

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