By Joy Wall
On Saturday, September 29, we had another great day in Noxapater. The Cotton Gin Festival and Car Show was once again a successful event. The weather turned out to be just right and we all had a good time.
People came from every direction, setting up their booths and getting ready for business. Main Street and Commerce Street was full of laughter, talking and shopping.
The festival program began at 9 a.m. as Mayor Tommie Gardner welcomed everyone. The Hight Assembly pastor, Toby Halfacre gave the invocation. The Boy Scouts raised the flag and Chandler Wells sang the National Anthem. Master of Ceremony Mike Clark kept the entertainment going in a very organized way.
Some of the featured entertainment included the children singing group of Steady On lead by Teresa Ingram. The Wells Family singing gospel music was another big hit, as always. The Beauty Pageant was also a wonderful part of the day’s event led once again by Tammy Littrell.
The Cotton Gin Car Show was a big hit as well. It turned out to be the biggest show ever with 90 entries. Moving to the park was quite a transition but it turned out to be a very worthwhile effort.
Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles came from all over.
A bountiful Mississippi turned out and vehicles from Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, and Louisiana as well.
Most especially noticeable was the heavy turn out from Winston County.
Thank You to everyone involved in making the 2012 Cotton Gin Festival and Car Show to be a successful and memorable event.
The Noxapater Community Alliance should be proud of their effort for bringing our town such a wonderful day.