By Michelle Vineyard
The Kerens Cotton Harvest Festival harkens back to a time when the main source of income for the area was the cotton crop and the crisp autumn weekends were full of revelry and fun after a hard week’s work of harvesting. The festival is set to kick off on Friday night from 5:30-9 PM on October 14th . The Bobcats will host an open night, with live music entertainment provided by The F.O.G. (playing classic rock) on the brick streets in downtown along with delicious food from local restaurants. There will also be a mechanical bull for festival-goers to test their cowboy skills. All of the proceeds of the festival will go to the Friends of the Kerens Library.
Saturday the 15th, the festivities will kick off with a Pancake Breakfast at the KESA Building, and the packed schedule is sure to cater to the whole family. The schedule includes a flyover by Coyote Squadron, plenty of food and craft vendors selling their goods, an antique tractor show, car show, quilt show, photo contest, cornhole tournament, and a chili cook-off. Cotton Gin Tours will be available at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30. The photo contest entries will be displayed in the Kerens Library, along with an impressive arrowhead collection. Tarrant Regional Water District will be featuring their educational Watershed Experience Trailer for tours. Musical acts include performances by Students of Chilton Music Studio, the Varonica Reyes Band, Lexxy Diaz, Unity Drums will playing Djembe drums (talking drums) throughout the day. New to the festival this year is a free evening concert by the Bryan Smith Band, which promises to play music that will get you out of your seat and dancing in the streets!
Be sure to bring some lawn chairs, and gather the whole family to come out for a day full of fun! For more information and the full schedule, see the Kerens Cotton Harvest Festival Facebook page or visit their website : www.kerenscottonharvestfestival.com