Woodward, Okla. —
FREDERICK - A full slate of activities is scheduled for the 6th Annual Frederick Cotton Festival this Saturday.
Vendors may set up at 9 a.m., chili contest judging and bluegrass music kick off at 11 a.m., and a pageant is set to start at 1 p.m., said Sharon Bennett, executive corrector of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce.
All the programs revolve around the Cotton County courthouse square, which is located at U.S. Highway 183 and State Highway 5.
Bennett said the purpose is to celebrate the significant role cotton played in the development of the area.
BRING CHILI OR COOK ONSITE
"Folks who are cooking their chili on-site need to let us know by 10 a.m. Friday," Bennett said. "We will then have tables and chairs for them. There's no entry fee."
Vendors will be selling candles, jewelry, goat milk soap, hair bows and more.
"We still have space," she said. "Call and find out the price to reserve it by noon Friday."
Weather permitting, free bus tours of the Red River Cotton Gin will depart from the square at 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
"There's no need to reserve a seat on the buses," Bennett said. "There's usually plenty of room. Just show up."
The bluegrass music will be provided by Wichita Mountain Bluegrass from Mountain Park.
The pageants are for Little Miss Cotton Boll and Maid of Cotton. Pparticipants will be showing off their talents and displaying cotton outfits they've made.
"Also, there will be several free inflatables for the kids to enjoy, including jumpers for the littler ones and a big slide for the older kids," she said.
COTTON DISPLAYS AT MUSEUM
Bennett said visitors can check out in free displays at the Pioneer Townsite Museum, which is just west of the courthouse, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The museum's "Seed to Sew" activities cover cotton picking, ginning, spinning, weaving, sewing and farm equipment used to plant and harvest cotton.
"There will be cotton crafts shown, exhibitions of cotton farming methods from the early 20th Century to the present. and a mini cotton gin in action," she said.
To reserve a table for the chili cookoff or booth space, contact the Chamber at (580) 335-2126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frederick is about 160 miles south of Woodward on U.S. Highway 183.