Thousands are expected to celebrate America’s oldest operating cotton gin during the 30th annual Burton Cotton Gin Festival this weekend.

Festival goers check out one of the many booths set up at the event.

The festival begins Friday night with an all-you-can each shrimp boil and live auction at the Burton Community Center.

Saturday kicks off with the Main Street Parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Burton.

Throughout the day, there will be food and craft booths, a children's barnyard, and an antique tractor show and pull. There will also be tours of the historic 1914 Burton Farmers Gin, tours of the Wehring Shoe Shop and Cotton Warehouse, folk life demonstrations, and antique engine exhibits.

Family activities and contests include a bubble gum blowing contest, pie eating contest, and cotton seed pulling contest.  All these activities are free to attendees.

All the events on Saturday are free, but contributions to the museum are always welcome.

Live entertainment will include: Robert Zientek; Allison & the Texas Two by Fours; and The Dujka Brothers.

For more information about the festivities, visit cottonginmuseum.org.

Cactus Ken Murray will be there Saturday broadcasting live from the Friendly Country Cruiser.


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