Over 30 years ago the first Cotton Ginning Days Festival was held – look at how it has grown and changed. The Gaston County Parks & Recreation Department and the Gaston Agricultural, Mechanical, and Textile Restoration Association are excited to present the 31st Annual Cotton Ginning Days Festival. We invite you to be a part of this celebration of our community and a showcase of regional and local performers on two stages over three days! The mission of Cotton Ginning Days is to preserve the heritage of blue-collar workers in the South and provide patrons an experience of life as it was lived in the late 1800's and early 1900's around Gaston County through a fun and entertaining family event. The focal point of this annual 3-day festival is a restored operational cotton gin on permanent exhibit in the Gaston County Park in Dallas. This event attracts an average of 50,000 people each year to see more than 300 exhibits of antique agricultural and textile machinery from all over the Southeast.
What’s Unique about the Cotton Ginning Days?
« It’s Free!
Cotton Ginning Days does not charge admission, making it an affordable outing for just about everyone. We offer an antique engine show featuring a 1900 single-stand, hand-fed Continental Cotton Gin, creative hands-on art activities for kids, two stages of entertainment, and two spectacular tractor parades…all free! We even offer a complimentary shuttle bus service to help people get to and from the festival area.
« Vibrant Musical Entertainment
The Cotton Ginning Days offers a wonderful selection of bluegrass and gospel bluegrass music. Our headline acts attract between 1,000 and 2,000 people and have featured favorites such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Cockman Family, and the Flowers Family band.
« An Event That Helps Others
Many of Gaston’s community and cultural organizations participate in the Festival, using the event as an effective annual fundraiser to support local worthwhile causes. This event is Gaston Agricultural, Mechanical, and Textile Restoration Association’s largest fundraiser and helps them preserve the agricultural, mechanical, and textile heritage of Gaston County North Carolina.
« Why Should You Become a Sponsor?
The Cotton Ginning Days Festival offers an ideal opportunity for your company to participate in a proven, time-tested event that draws a highly identifiable group of people. Individual sponsorships will allow you to target your audience to an even more specific degree. Your sponsorship will help illustrate and preserve the agricultural, mechanical, and textile heritage of Gaston County North Carolina.
Take a moment, read on, and choose the opportunity that best fits your needs…
We hope to make this year the best celebration yet! There are a variety of opportunities to select from, providing significant benefit to your business or organization. Choose an event or activity that appeals to you, and let’s make the Cotton Ginning Days Festival an event we can all be proud of! If you don’t see the exact fit you’re looking for, call us. We’ll work with you to build a custom package that is dynamic.