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Cotton Still King at Burton Cotton Gin Festival

| April/May 2000

Celebrating an era when cotton was still king, the Burton Cotton Gin Festival will make history come alive again on April 14, 15, and 16, 2000, in Burton, Texas.

The only event in the world that celebrates cotton ginning, the Burton Cotton Gin Festival appeals to all generations. Youngsters will learn of the role cotton played in the history of Texas, while oldsters will recall with fondness the machines and way of life they knew as children.

The Cotton Gin Festival developed from Burton's distinction of being home to the most intact historic cotton gin left from the early twentieth century. For 13 years, volunteers working in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution have painstakingly restored the cotton gin to working condition. Tours of the gin are a highlight of the festival.

The weekend is jam-packed with activities for the whole family. Visitors can see working examples of antique engines and farm equipment from all over the nation. A wooden model of Eli Whitney's original 1793 cotton gin is on display at the Visitor Center, copied from Smithsonian Institution plans.

Complete festival information is available by calling 830-997-8515 or by emailing:


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