Sunday, October 26, 2008


The Cotton Pickin' Festival that is an annual event at the Old Baker Farm was yesterday and again today. The Festival this year was special because the 1ooth birthday of "Mr. Earl" was celebrated. Mr. Earl was born and raised on the farm that his son, Jerry and wife Pam, now operate a Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Tree Farm. Our families have always been close and I admire the hard work that Pam and Jerry do in order to keep this farm and it's history alive. I am still in awe at the huge number of people who have never visited a farm, seen any type of farm animal, cotton, corn, or farmlife. Each day is booked with classes of children visiting. Well....yesterday was a beautiful day and I was able to be there for a short time (I kept three grandsons most of the day). I took lots of pictures but I only know how to post five at a time so I had to be selective today. This first one above is a mother and daughter selling cookbooks. I LOVE COOKBOOKS. I thought this one was pretty unique because the mother wrote all these recipes when her daughter when to college and also has some little personal notes on some. There was an article published in Southern Lady Magazine about this cookbook.
The picture above shows beautiful fall and Christmas wreaths that were made by my best friend, Jane. She is very talented and has a made some of the most beautiful arrangements.
This is my son-in-law, Shawn, who sold boiled and roasted (parched) peanuts. If you notice he had a television in his booth with satellite set up so he wouldn't miss the ballgames yesterday. I think his business went quite well--he complained last night that his back hurt because he bent over so many time dipping peanuts to sell.
My daughter, Amy, painted the cauldrons that Susie from Bienvenue showed awhile back and this was another popular item.
Kristen had a booth full of the neatest items. I made several pictures but since the number I could post on one day was limited, I chose this one. This is one of her "junk angels". It was made from old boards from a barn and various other pieces of junk. I loved it!
This Cotton Pickin' Festival proved to be a time of food, crafts, history, animals, and much more. It was a fun time for an entire family!


Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

That looks like so much fun! Love all the pictures that you have posted and I bet the cookbook was a huge success. Love the caldrons too!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

What a great day-I could look at photos all day of your Cotton Pickin' Festival-What a great place to live!
Your daughter is quite the artist on those Caldrons-They were wonderful!

Melissa Wertz said...

Oh that would have been a great place to go this weekend! Do they have anything going on next weekend? I have a photo shoot (that time of year...) in the AM, but just love going to that place. DD used to take field trips out there all the time.

Darlene said...

What a fabulous day at the Cotton Pickin' Festival!!! Looks like a lot of neat stuff was going on and getting sold there! I LOVE the caldrons your daughter was painting!

Terry said...

That really looks like it was fun! I love cookbooks too, and would love to find a copy of that one.
What talented kids you have!

Stephanie said...

That looks like so mcuh fun, the angel is very cool!!

basketsnprims said...

I love that "Cotton Picken" name of the festival. Love the Cauldrons, too. How fun to spend the weekend there.


Sharon said...

Thanks for posting of on this event! I wanted to bring my grands to the Old Baker Farm but couldn't get anyone going on Saturday morning. I've been hearing about Jane's wreaths but now I see how beautiful they are. She is such a talented lady and so beautiful inside and outside! Maybe I can get there for the Christmas tree event. Hope you will all be there with crafts to sell, too.

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

What an awesome time! Maybe one of these days, I will make it up there to attend.
Roll Tide!

Shannon said...

What a fun day! I love cookbooks too and I LOVE boiled peanuts. Every year on our way to Destin we stop for some. :) Love your angel and caldrons were so cute!

aims said...

What a neat blog you have here! I really hate that we missed out on the festival. It looks like something my son would have enjoyed. So cool to see Shawn and Amy! Please tell them hello for me. I found both of your blogs through Nadia's blog. I am Shawn's cousin, Mia, by the way. =)

Y'all take care!

Debi said...

Love the pics Sue!! What a great celebration!!! You are so lucky to have something like that so close!!
I love it!!

I think all of your pics are awesome!! (althou... I think if you press the pic button again after 1st upload... you should be able to upload more... maybe) You are so lucky that your family can be soooo close!! What sweet memories too!

Glad to see you had a great day!!

Hope you have a wonderful week dear!! xo