Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Cotton Festival begins Friday

A Donley County tradition continues this weekend as Hedley hosts the 66th annual Cotton Festival on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14.

The Hedley Lioness Club will get things going Friday with a Chili & Stew Supper at 5 p.m. The club will also be selling chances on a quilt.

Hedley’s One Act Play will host Bingo on Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Senior Citizens building. See their ad inside this week’s Enterprise for more information on the great prizes they have lined up, including three trips to Red River, a big screen TV, and more.

Doug Smith with his Texas Panhandle War Memorial Field of Honor. Courtesy Photo / Panhandle Herald

Also Friday night, a Hootenanny will be held at the Lions Den featuring Johnnie and C.W. Woodard.
Saturday’s events begin with the Hedley Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast from 6 to 9 a.m. The Rowe Cemetery Association will hold a bake sale at Moffitt Hardware, and a car show will start on Main Street at 10 a.m.

At 11:30, the Lions Club will host a catered BBQ dinner, and the Senior Citizens will be serving hamburgers.
The Kiddie Parade will be held at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Community Parade at 2 o’clock. The Adamson-Lane Post of the American Legion will serve as the honor guard with Jim and Jean Taylor being the Parade Marshals.

Leading the parade entries will be Vietnam veteran Doug Smith of Panhandle with his handmade Texas Panhandle War Memorial Field of Honor. The mobile tribute features the a cross with the name, rank, branch of service, and home county of the 145 men from the Panhandle that were killed in Vietnam. Smith spent more than 60 hours to cut out the crosses as well as gathering and painting the information on them.
After the parade, the School Reunion is at the school at 3:00 p.m.

The festival will close out with entertainment and drawings at the Lions Den starting at 6 p.m., including a drawing for a bale of cotton donated by Donley County Gin and K. Huddleston Sales.

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