Bostwick’s annual Cotton Gin Festival is one of the county’s most beloved events of the year and this year’s festival did not disappoint.
“We had more people than we had parking,” said Angie Howard, a Bostwick City Councilwoman who helps orchestrate the festival every year. “It was the largest crowd we ever had!” Some estimated that more than 7,000 people came through Saturday’s Cotton Gin Festival.
The festival kicked off with a parade, led by this year’s Cotton King, Earl Nunn, who is a life-long Bostwick resident and a second-generation cotton farmer.
The festival featured 90 total vendors and plenty of help from local law enforcement and volunteers from the community.
The City of Bostwick issued a statement of thanks to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office for setting up roadblocks and detours, the Morgan County High School Robotics Team for assisting with parking, and the Morgan County High School Cross Country Team for helping with the 5K Gin Run on Oct. 28.
“The festival is a time to celebrate farming; past, present and future farmers,” said Howard.
“Farming is hard work and means different things to different people. This is evident in the faces of those that drive tractors along the parade route each year. Hearing the stories from different people and what the festival means to them is what keeps me involved,” said Howard.
The City of Bostwick doesn’t have a final count of how much money the festival brought in this year, but all proceeds will go toward the maintenance of the historic Susie Agnes Hotel in downtown Bostwick and other city improvements throughout the year.