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Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival

Tour a working cotton gin and discover one of the Southeast’s largest tractor parades at the Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival

Just an hour east of Atlanta, the small community of Bostwick celebrates its agricultural heritage every year with a magnificent Cotton Gin Festival. This year the City of Bostwick will host the Cotton Gin Festival on Saturday, October 28, 2023 with the parade beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Running all day long, Bostwick’s cotton gin is one of the few operational gins in Georgia. The Festival marks the only time of year it’s open for public tours.

Cotton Gin in Bostwick, GA

A Y’allywood favorite, Bostwick’s cotton gin was featured in the 2010 remake of “Footloose” featuring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough. The Festival began nearly 30 years ago to raise funds to restore the historic Susie Agnes Hotel, perhaps better known for its role as the Parker Hotel in the 1992 hit film “My Cousin Vinny.”

Today, all proceeds from the Cotton Gin Festival go toward the upkeep of the Susie Agnes Hotel and other city improvements. The hotel has now been completely renovated with the first floor serving as city hall and a community center.

Girl waves from tractor in the Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival's tractor parade.

With a population of just 365, the town welcomes more than 100 tractors and thousands of people for a cotton-picking good time. Festivities include a tractor and antique car parade followed by a full day of cotton-ginning, festival fun.

This event has activities for the whole family, as kids can play in the recently harvested cotton while parents enjoy the food and craft vendors. The event features handmade arts and crafts, including the always-popular cotton wreaths, and delicious Southern treats to feast on.

Gin Run and Festival GPS address
5941 Bostwick Road
Bostwick GA 30623

Official event page for more information:

For event questions, please email or call (706) 342-0182.

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