John Blue Cotton Festival

Where Yesterday Lives On


An Annual Event

About the festival...

The annual John Blue Cotton Festival is held on the grounds of the historic John Blue home. A family oriented event, the festival offers activities for folks of all ages. It includes tours of the home and early 1800s cabins, exhibits, a mule powered cotton gin, antique tractors, hit and miss engines, train rides, live entertainment, a museum, crafts, hayrides, pony rides, children's games and food galore!

Vendor Applications

Click here for information and to register.

Chili Cook-Off Contest

October 12, 2019

Entry forms available here.

Olde Timey Fair

October 12, 2019

Entry forms available at:

  • Arts Center of Scotland County

  • Parks & Recreation

  • McNair Town & Country

  • Art By Design



vendor information


To download the vendor application click here. 

General Info

  • Booth Spaces are 12' x 14'

  • Commercial food booths are 16' x 16'

  • Vendors must provide all set-up equipment

  • ALL booth materials must fit inside designated space

  • No generators allowed

  • Working out of personal vehicles is not permitted

  • Prohibited items include stink bombs, poppers, silly string, rubber bands, and projectiles of any kind. The committee reserves the right to refuse sale of any item deemed objectionable.

  • Vendors may request specific booth assignments. Every effort will be made to accommodate this, but it is not guaranteed.

  • Vendors using warming or cooking devices MUST have a charged and inspected appropriate fire extinguisher in their booth area.

  • No pets allowed on festival grounds




Join us the in October for the 36th Anniversary of the annual John Blue Cotton Festival.

Enjoy a stellar line up of events including what's sure to be a musical marvel with the pioneers of beach music.




Oct. 12

Gates Open

9:00 AM


National Anthem

9:15 AM


The Core Academy

9:25 AM


Glamour Athletics

10:15 AM


Tyris Jones - Storyteller

11:05 AM


Crystal McInnis School of Dance

11:45 AM


Bob Dobson Band - Bluegrass

12:35 PM


Karen Gibson School of Dance

1:45 PM


Whiskey Pines - Acoustic Rock

3:00 PM


Gates Close

6:00 PM




Just before his 22nd birthday, John Blue purchased 100 acres of land from his father, Angus Blue for $2000. Located a few miles west of Laurinburg (now Scotland County) John turned this newly acquired farm into his homestead with his new bride, Flora Jane McKinnon.

John Blue Snow House.JPG


In the 1890s, when success came to John Blue, he built on his land what is called "one of the beautiful and typical homes of the Southland." It's picturesque appearance derives largely from the lace-like two-tier porch which encircles the house. 



In 1820, brothers Daniel and Duncan McNeill, settled in the Laurel Hill area. It is believed that Daniel built the McNeill log cabin in the area in 1828. 



For more information contact us via email at or phone at 910-706-1456. 

Find us on Facebook