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Cotton Harvest Festival On Point To Bring Another Historic Attendance

The 2017 Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival was a huge success for the entire community.
Cindy Roller
Cooper Review
The 2017 Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival was a huge success for the entire community.

There was dancing, singing, drinking, eating, smiling, ginning, spinning, running and auctioning and more happened at the 2016 Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival on the Square in Cooper. The event, hosted by the Delta County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation made history with an estimated 1,000 people in attendance.

Headlining for the 2017 Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival will be Curtis Grimes. He will be joined by a newcomer to the Festival – Muscadine Bloodline with popular tunes like, “Dust on the bottle,” and welcoming back 2 Gun Justice and other local talents. Fun for the whole family, this year's carnival returns with even more thrill-seeking rides, and vendors have been contacted. Many have already reserved their spots.

This year, to avoid confusion and still in keeping with benefits to both the Chamber and EDC – a Cotton Harvest Festival committee has been established to oversee the functions and details of the 2017 Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival with subcommittees for the various areas of the event. This will ensure everyone is able to still have a “cotton pickin’ good time” on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

“The Cotton Harvest Festival Committee is excited to bring back this community event for a second year.  We are working hard to expand upon the success of last year to deliver an even better festival in 2017.  Musical lineups are just a glimpse of the activities planned. Visit our website for more information as the event gets closer and make plans to be a part of the 2017 Cotton Harvest Festival in October.” said Carol Petty, Cotton Harvest Festival Committee Chairwoman.  “We can’t wait to see you there!”     

The Chamber and EDC both signed contracts to make this change. A portion of the profits will still go back to the two entities. The Cotton Harvest committee is comprised of individuals from both entities. The Chamber is on board with the new changes and excited about continuing to benefit from the event.

Helping to centralize the release of event happenings is the new website: https://deltacountycottonharvest.com/ along with a new e-mail address: deltacountycottonharvest@gmail.com. A link to vendor forms can also be found on the new website: https://deltacountycottonharvest.com/vendors.

“The EDC is excited about the event this year. By combining the two committees, it will allow us to be bigger and better than last year’s event that was a huge success. More organization will be beneficial for all as we have already started meeting routinely to plan for this event,” said Delta County Economic Development Chairman Dustin Hunter. “Vendors are sending in applications as well as bands including Curtis Grimes, Muscadine Bloodline, 2 Gun Justice, and Wade White that will be on stage. The carnival will be bringing in bigger rides this year as well.  We will be having a motorcycle fun run and an antique tractor pull at the City Park.”

Last year the first bale of cotton was auctioned bringing $8,000 to go back towards this year’s event. Pat Pilgrim, owner of PPF Gin & Warehouse, ginned the first bale that weighed 481 pounds.

The Cotton Harvest Committee will be seeking sponsorships.

New this year will be the ability to walk, run or ride through parts of the beautiful Delta County by participating in the 5K run/walk or motorcycle cotton run. The Cotton Harvest Committee is excited to team with Paris Regional Medical Center and offer a community health fair.

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