Spring is a popular season for festivals in Middle Georgia, and the town of Gay’s Cotton Pickin’ Fair is a perennial favorite. The festival has been honored as a top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the fair focuses on farming and agriculture traditions of the early 1900s.
The fair takes place on the grounds of a once-active cotton farm, including a farmhouse, cotton gin, and cotton warehouse. Skilled artisans display their talent and sell wares ranging from oil paintings and watercolors to pottery and works of art in wood. Of course, farm-grown fare such as jams, jellies, sausage, and biscuits are available for savoring at the festival and at home.
Music and live entertainment are featured throughout the weekend and are not limited to country and bluegrass sounds. Scottish dancers and pipers, southern rock, blues, and gospel & Christian music can be heard as well. Other entertainment includes line dancers, cloggers, magic acts, new age piano, and a one-man band.
The Cotton Pickin’ Fair is held the first weekend in May and October each year. Gay is approximately 65 miles northwest of Macon and is a one-and-a-half hour drive. More information about the festival is available on its website.