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!
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- 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
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.
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.
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.