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Burton Cotton Gin Festival

Photo courtesy Texas Cotton Gin Museum Archives.

It’s a year of milestones for the Burton Cotton Gin Festival (April 25-26), which marks its 25th anniversary of celebrating the area’s cotton farming heritage.

The Texas Cotton Gin Museum hosts the festival, including a parade, petting zoo, craft vendors, and folklife demonstrators spinning and weaving cotton. The centerpiece of the festival is the 1914 Burton Farmers Gin, touted as the oldest operational cotton gin in the country. Burton will honor the gin’s 100th birthday on April 26 by firing up the 16-ton engine to gin a couple of bales.

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