P. O. Box 98 Burton, Texas 77835.
Burton's Second Annual Cotton Gin Festival will be held on Main Street in historic Burton, Texas, Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21. The Festival is a celebration of heritage and community. In cotton's heyday, around the turn of the century, thousands of cotton gins could be found in Texas. Cotton was king...'white gold.' The focal point of the Festival is the Burton Farmer's Gin, which is a National Landmark Gin and one of the few remaining complete gin and mill complexes in the United States, according to the Smithsonian Institution. The gin is part of a National Landmark Complex, in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, the National Trust, and the Texas Historical Commission.
The Burton Cotton Gin Festival will kick off with a Team Roping Competition and a banquet held at the Nueces Canyon Ranch on Friday evening, April 19, during which the Cotton Gin Festival Queen will be crowned.
Saturday, April 20 events will start at 11:00 a.m. with a parade through downtown Burton, which will include animals, antique farm equipment, antique car clubs, bands, floats and much more! The Festival gates will open Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 noon with exhibits, cotton gin tours, sausage cook-off, arts and crafts, food booths, and continuous entertainment such as theatre groups, dancers, bands and plenty of fun for all ages.
Headlining Saturday's entertainment is south Louisiana-born-and-raised Fiddlin' Frenchie Burke, from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., in conjunction with a street dance. Mr. Burke has played with well known artists such as Ray Price, Little Jimmy Dickens, Johnny Bush and others. Throughout his career, Mr. Burke has played many fairs, rodeos, and dances. He has also been seen on several shows on the Nashville Network, and in 1989 and 1990 he toured Europe. This will be a show you won't want to miss!
Sunday's featured entertainers include the Kent and Jenni Finlay Show, a father-daughter duo who understand 'What Makes Texas Swing.' Eleven year old Jenni has been playing fiddle with her dad's band since 1987, and she has already recorded two albums. The Finlays are sure to give everyone an afternoon to remember!
Festival admission will be $2.00 for adults; $0.50 for children; parking is free. Burton is located halfway between Houston and Austin just off U.S. 290 on Spur 125 and FM390 right in the heart of Bluebonnet country. Hotel, RV, and camping accommodations are available in the area.