John Blue Cotton Festival

Where Yesterday Lives On

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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 information

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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
 

Schedule

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Join us the second weekend in October for the 34th 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 The Embers.

 

 
 

Saturday


10:00 - 5:00

Old Timey Fair

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12:30 

Glamour Athletics

Gymnastics 

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1:15

Karen Gibson School of Dance

Cloggers

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2:00

Jimmy Blue

A John Blue Cotton Festival favorite.

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2:45 

Krazy Feet

Clogging and more.

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3:00 

Crystal McInnis School of Dance

Dance Performances

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Sunday

9:00

Rev. Deck Guess w/ the Laurel Hillbillies

Come enjoy church service at the festival.

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10:00 - 5:00

Old Timey Fair

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1:00 - 4:00 PM

The Embers feat. Craig Woodard

The Embers are widely considered a musical MARVEL and have laid the groundwork for what has become known as ‘Beach Music.’  The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since its inception in 1958. Simply put – Heart and Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Feel Good Music.

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History

 

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.

 
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THE JOHN BLUE HOUSE

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. 

 
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THE MCNEILL LOG 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. 

 
 
 
 

Contact

For more information contact us via email at johnbluefestival@gmail.com or phone at 910-706-1456. 

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