FREDERICK — Saturday’s 12th annual Cotton Festival and Chili Cook-off in Frederick will change location due to inclement weather.
Hosted by the Frederick Chamber of Commerce, the festival was scheduled to take place on the grounds of the Tillman County Courthouse, but will now take place in the Tillman County Fair Barn on South 8th Street.
“The predicted 55-degree temperature with a 15-mph north wind does not make for a very good atmosphere,” said Chamber Director Felisha Crawford in a press release Wednesday. “The fair barn offers an enclosed space with heat, which will make for a much more pleasant experience for visitors.”
All activities throughout the day will go on as planned, with a few exceptions. The bounce houses will not be available due to size constraints, and the time for the corn hole tournament has been moved back. Registration for the tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m., with bags flying at 11.
Entertainment will start at 9 a.m. and continue until the Little Miss Cotton Boll and Maid of Cotton Pageants start at 1 p.m. The Chili Cook-Off will start at 11 a.m., and at noon, visitors can tour the Tillman Producers Coop Gin. Sign-up at the Chamber is required, as there is limited seating.
A variety of vendors will be in the Fair Barn from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with Rocking A BBQ. The Hot Rod Squad car club of Oklahoma City will cruise Frederick and show off their cars to visitors.
The Tillman County Historical Society will also host its annual pancake fundraiser in the fair barn. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids, in advance. Tickets will be available at the door for $1 more. Purchase your tickets from any board member, the Pioneer Townsite or at the Chamber office. The group will also host its best mustache and beard contest. Entry is free and registration is from 10:30 to 11 at the pancake booth. Judging is at 11:15.
Next door, the Tillman County Rodeo Arena will host the 4th annual Big Pasture Classic Ranch Rodeo, sponsored by the Tri County Cattlemen’s Association.
The Ranch Rodeo features a three-in-one event in the morning, followed by a traditional ranch rodeo in the afternoon, featuring 30 of the best teams from around the country. Cowboys will compete in branding, sorting, stray gathering and sort and tie. Admission is free. Steak sandwiches and chuckwagon-style dinners will be served starting at 4 p.m.
For more information, contact the Chamber at 335-2126, firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by their office, 100 S. Main St., Frederick.