A great time was had by all this past Saturday at our eighth annual Cotton Festival and Chili Cook-Off! Congratulations to Anna Woffard, Kent Smith, and the Frederick Firefighters on winning the Chili Cook-Off!  Also, congrats to Tinley and Timber Mefford, our pageant winners as well as Jerri Boyd, the Cow Patty Bingo winner!

For those who didn’t win anything, we wish you better luck next year!  Hopefully those who weren’t competing had a great time visiting with others, shopping with the vendors and touring the Cotton Gin.  There was plenty going on!

Eric Van der Laan and the dairy did a great job orchestrating Cow Patty Bingo this year.  He and many other volunteers made this event the wonderful thing that it was.

Travis Stroud organized the fourteen chili teams, the secret judges and the secret ballots while Michelle Green made sure the Chamber Food booth was stocked full of corn dogs and Frito-chili pie.  Joe Wynn organized the vendors and Harvey Schroeder helped gain sponsorships for prize money and entertainment.

Julie Garza and April Collom might have had the most difficult assignment.  These two ladies organized the pageants and gave seventeen little girls an experience they won’t soon forget!

Kent Smith did the heavy lifting and moving for picnic tables, trash cans, chairs and electrical work.  Jimmy Espinosa and his boys helped set the stage and hang the banners where they were needed. There were also other Chamber Board members helping out throughout the day as well as Historical Society volunteers who opened the museum and taught many minds how to pick cotton.

Our new Coop Manager, Brandon Winters helped organize the Gin Tours and explained why Cotton is so important to our economy.  There were many more excellent volunteers who ran attractions, businesses and other things around town.  It is impossible to name everyone who had a hand in making this event amazing but the Chamber thanks those who were involved.

Events like these are only possible through the many volunteer hours put in by people like you.  If you haven’t volunteered for a local event before, you have an opportunity coming up with the Candyland Christmas Parade on December 17th!  Call the Chamber office today to get involved!