A youngster enjoys a Advance Rumely Steam Traction Engine, Cotton Ginning Days Festival, October 9, 1999. Photo: Kermit Hull
Cotton Ginning Days
The focal point of this annual fall festival
is a restored working cotton gin on permanent exhibit in
Gaston County Park in Dallas. Today more than 25,000 people
are drawn here to see more than 300 exhibits of antique
agricultural and textile machinery from all over the
Southeast. The purpose of the festival remains the same as the
small invitational show first held in 1988: to preserve the
heritage of blue-collar workers in the South and provide
festival-goers an experience of life as it was lived in the
late 1800's and early 1900's. A 19th-century farm
reconstruction is under development. Bluegrass and traditional
music performances provide entertainment, and a number of
children's activities include train and pony rides and a
petting zoo. A videotape, text, newspaper articles, and
photographs document Cotton Ginning Days.
Originally submitted by: Sue Myrick, Representative (9th District).
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