04/21/17  Today And Tomorrow Are The Two Big Days Of The Cotton Belt Festival


The two big days of the 37th annual Fordyce on the Cotton Belt Festival will be held today and tomorrow in Fordyce. The weatherman has been predicting the possibility of rain both days, we asked festival director Mike Trammell what kind of preparation has been made in case of rain.

The model train display opens at 9 this morning at Fordyce Factory on main street. The arts and crafts show and sale is today from 9 till 4 at Temple Baptist Church. At 9:30 this morning the Redbug Alumni Association Golf Tournament will tee off at the Fordyce Country Club. Trammell says the highlight of the day will be the ribbon cutting at the Dallas County Museum for the Smithsonian Exhibit.

Carol Harsh of the Smithsonian will be on hand for that ribbon cutting and she'll be the grand marshal of the parade on Saturday. At 2pm this afternoon the Dallas County Museum Garden Party takes place at the Wynne Phillips House, at 5pm the Redbug Reunion Rally at the Fordyce Civic Center. Redbug alumni from all over the country and the world attend that. The day will be capped off with entertainment on stage at the courthouse provided by the Grayson Goff Band.

On Saturday at 8am the Fordyce on the Cotton Belt 5k run will kick off at 4 and main. The Cotton Belt Festival parade will be held at 11. The classic car show at the Methodist church parking lot opens at noon. The Championship Steak cook-off with 36 hundred in cash prizes will be held at 4th and Oak with judging at 2pm. In case of rain, the cook off will be moved to the Armory building. The winners of the steak cook off will be announced Saturday night at 6pm on the courthouse stage.

The Railers headline eight different acts during the festival tomorrow. The Railers take the stage at 7:20. There will be live music on the courthouse lawn from noon till 9pm tomorrow.